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filmmakingismylife16 · 3 months ago
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i wonder if we’re getting brunette tory in s4 because peyton currently has her hair dyed brown!!
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four weddings and a funeral!
I just finished watching Four Weddings and a Funeral, and would love to talk with anyone about (but not limited to) the following subjects (no real spoilers):
- Nathalie Emmanuel is fantastic and needs to star in at least 3 more rom-coms, stat.
- Fatima is not wrong about cannoli.
- Basheer!!!!
- Duffy is the Nice Guy (tm) from every 80s and 90s rom com and at no point has any redeeming value.
- Craig is the best, and I would 100% watch a spin-off movie / fake reality show that’s just him and [spoiler].
- I’m so pleased Mobeen made his peace with “Sexually” Guy.
- Sometimes, people being mean to each other ISN’T sexual tension! Sometimes it’s because one of them is an asshole!
- Any and all other things! (unless it’s nice things about duffy. i truly can’t stand him, he is a terrible teacher and a terrible human.)
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suyunsgf · a year ago
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Man I wanna re watch haikyuu even tho I’m reading passed the show
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whatevermarty · 2 hours ago
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Amortentia
Summary: It's your fifth year at Hogwarts, but people are acting off. Especially the person you've been interested in all these years: Kylo Ren. Being a student at Hogwarts wouldn't be so hard if you weren't dealing with the Solo triplets, piles of homework, or the Dark Lord, but thankfully you have your close friends to keep you sane and in line when making bad decisions.
Chapter Four: Astronomy Tower
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The next few weeks went by quickly. Thanks to the ridiculous amount of homework your professors had been assigning all fifth years in preparation for OWL’s, you didn’t have much time for anything but that. You didn’t get to see your friends unless they decided to join you in the library, and thankfully they normally did. Occasionally Matt would be too much of a distraction, doing more talking instead of studying, but you enjoyed being around your friends nonetheless. 
It was early afternoon and the sun was shining through the greenhouse, illuminating the plants in it’s golden hue. You and Neville were working together as you repotted dittany plants for Professor Sprout in exchange for some extra credit. You knew that neither of you technically needed the extra credit and you’d honestly do the work for nothing in return. Being around plants was relaxing; and being able to spend some quality time with a close friend made it even better. 
“Is Rey nervous for Ravenclaw’s first match today?” Neville asked, wiping his hair from his face and getting some dirt on his forehead.
“I don’t think so. She shouldn’t be, especially after all the practicing she’s been doing over the summer.” You replied as you leaned up against one of the tables, taking one of your gloves off to scratch your eye. “I really think she might go on to play professionally.”
November was finally here, which meant the start of quidditch season. You hadn’t seen Rey much over the last few weeks. She was busy either practicing with the team, trying to finish homework, or off somewhere in the castle working out. Sometimes she’d show up to your study sessions in the library, but it was a rare occurrence. 
“That would make sense. She’s been obsessed with quidditch for as long as I’ve known her.” Neville said and you laughed in agreement. “Have you been well?” He asked, turning to look at you. 
With a sigh, you nodded. “Yes, fifth year is just…overwhelming.” You had always been a good student, but this year required a lot more work in order to achieve high marks on your assignments. 
“I understand. I haven’t been able to do anything but study and stress out about homework.” Neville said. “I really hope sixth year isn’t as mad.”
You nodded in agreement before going back to potting one of your plants. Neville shifted on his feet before speaking again. “So, have you talked to Kylo recently?”
You looked up to give Neville a dirty look, knowing full well he knew that you and Kylo had yet to make any moves on each other. Out of all your friends, he was the only one you confided in regarding your crush. Neville was great at keeping secrets and giving advice. 
“It's been five years, come on.” he said, and you sighed dramatically. “I really think you should say something to him.” 
“I’m not sure. I just don’t feel like it’s the right time yet.” You glanced up at Neville to see him giving you a look. “Don’t look at me like that.” you groaned, and he smiled playfully at you. “Besides, he’s been acting sort of weird lately. He might have something going on and I don’t want to scare him off with my feelings.” 
“What do you mean he’s acting weird?” Neville asked while taking off his gloves and placing them in his bag. “He’s always been kind of odd, hasn’t he?”
“Well, yeah. But he’s been off on his own a lot more than usual, and I swear I’ve seen him coming from the Slytherin common room a few times.” You paused for a moment before continuing. “I don’t think he has any friends in Slytherin.” 
“I’m sure he’s just visiting his brother.” Neville replied casually. 
“No, he’s not.” you shook your head. “I walked Matt back to his common room like, three weeks ago or something and just before we parted ways Kylo came walking out of the entrance. ” 
“I wouldn’t worry too much about it, everyone has friends in different houses.” Neville replied. “There are a lot of people at Hogwarts, it’s hard to keep track of who everyone is friends with.” 
“Are you friends with any Slytherins?” you asked Neville as the two of you swung your bags over your shoulders, ready to depart for the Great Hall. 
Neville shrugged. “I’m friends with Matt.” and you rolled your eyes at him. “Come on, let’s catch a late lunch before the match.” Neville said before you could ask him any more questions.
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“Does this look alright?” Luna asked as she adjusted the giant hat that sat on top of her head. It was an eagle painted bronze with wings outstretched to show blue feathers. She had clearly made it herself, and you admired your friend for her unique sense of style. 
“Uh, yeah Lunes, it fits you.” You said with a smile as she shifted the hat once more while looking at herself in the mirror.
“I could make you one, you know. It’s not too difficult.” She offered, looking you up and down as you stood there in your casual clothes.
“I-err-that’s alright. I think it suits you best.” You replied while imagining yourself wearing a similar hat. You could already hear the relentless jokes that Matt and Ben would huck at you; there was no way you’d put yourself through that. 
“Well, let’s go then. The boys should be waiting for us over by the field.” Luna took one last look at her reflection before leading the way out the door, being careful not to knock her large hat into the doorframe.
As the two of you passed through the common room, you were greeted by a large group of Ravenclaws dressed up in house colors and chatting excitedly while they pre-gamed. A sixth year boy walked over to you and Luna and offered his flask, but you declined politely.
You and your friend trekked down the long, spiral staircase of Ravenclaw tower and found an exit to the Hogwarts grounds. The air was crisp and a bit chill but the sun was still up in the grey sky. Students were already starting to fill the bleachers and you could see a group of boys across the way. You watched as two of the twins joked around with one another while their friends and third brother ignored them. Luna threw up a hand and waved at them before you headed over. 
Ben, Matt, Kylo, Poe, and Finn had been awaiting the two of you, and you smiled at them as you approached. Matt pulled you into a hug as soon as you were within reach, practically crushing your ribs as he did so.
“You smell like alcohol.” You grimaced as Matt released you. You watched him sway a bit on his feet. “How drunk are you guys right now?” You raised an eyebrow to Poe, looking between him and Ben knowing full well they were intoxicated also.
“Drunk enough to pretend to care about a Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff quidditch game.” Ben replied, throwing his arm around your shoulder and resting his head on the top of yours.
“Hi Neville.” You heard Luna say. You tried to turn your head to get a look at your friend, but Ben still had his arm around you. 
You pushed Ben off just in time to see Neville, Harry, and Ron passed by, sending your group a wave as they did. 
“Hermione in the library still?” You called to them, already knowing the answer as they responded with nods.
“Let’s get going!” Finn said to everyone. He seemed to be the least drunk out of them all. “Are we all going to squish together in the Ravenclaw section?” Finn asked. You looked over at him, realizing he had blue paint on his face. You smiled, thinking it was cute to see him show support for your house. 
Everyone agreed and you all started to make your way into the stadium. The stands were getting crowded and you followed behind Ben and Matt as they rudely pushed people out of the way while in their drunken haze. Seated high amongst the sea of bronze and blue, the crowd cheered as Ravenclaw’s team flew through the sky during their entrance. You glanced over at Kylo, almost forgetting he was with your group since he had been so quiet.
You wished he was sitting next to you instead of Ben. You let out a loud sigh without realizing it, catching Ben’s attention. He looked down at you before reaching over and gently squeezing your arm. “Bored already?” he asked sarcastically, but you ignored him.  
Ravenclaw scored and the crowd went wild. Luna’s hat started cawing like a bird in celebration while stretching out its wings and gently flapping them. You were surprised to hear it, and so was everyone around her as they turned to look. 
“That’s so fucking cool!” Matt stammered, poking at her hat as he gazed in amazement while Luna tried to deflect his hands. He tried to grab one of the wings and she swatted at his fingers.
Ben, being just as drunk as Matt, pushed past you to get a better look at her hat. You watched as your poor friend stood there unable to move away while the boys stumbled around and gawked at the eagle.
“Bunch of idiots.” You heard someone mumble in your ear. You turned to catch Kylo grinning at you. “Can’t believe I’m related to them.”
“Not just related, identical.” You reminded him as you watched Finn try to protect Luna’s hat from being damaged by the two drunken imbeciles.
“I still like to think I’m the more attractive one.” Kylo shrugged and you nodded in agreement, quickly noticing what you were doing.You bit your cheek, feeling embarrassed. 
The Hufflepuff side of the stadium burst into cheers and the Ravenclaws around you groaned in unison. You looked up to see that Hufflepuff had scored, watching as the team’s chasers high fived one another in celebration. 
“Ravenclaw better win, I don’t want to deal with Rey if they lose.” you said to Kylo. You loved your friend but she was competitive and did not like losing. 
Kylo hummed in agreement. You felt him move his hand across your own very gently before moving away. “Have you finished your chart that’s due in astronomy next week?” He asked while keeping his eyes on the game. 
“Yeah, I finished it a few days ago.” You replied, looking up at him. “Why?”
“I’m having a hard time finding a few of the moons.” He admitted, taking in a deep sigh while continuing to look out at the field. He was acting casual, but you could tell what he was trying to get at.
“Did you need help?” You finally asked. The thought of you and him together at the top of the Astronomy Tower late at night and alone made your heart race. 
“Are you offering?” Kylo smirked, finally looking down at you.
“Um, yeah.” You paused for a moment, trying not to act flustered. “Do you want to meet up tonight?” You asked, hoping you didn’t seem too eager. 
“Tonight works.” Kylo said in a low voice. He turned back to the game just as Ravenclaw scored again. “I’ll meet you up there at about midnight, sound good?” He asked over the loud cheering.
You smiled, feeling as if your heart was about to start beating out of your chest. “Yeah, that sounds good to me.”
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With your astronomy homework in hand, you made your way through the quiet halls of Hogwarts. Knowing Kylo was waiting for you at the top of the Astronomy Tower, you sucked in a breath before ascending the staircase. Your heart was racing with each step and you tried your best to keep yourself calm.You had never realized you had yet to be alone with Kylo in the five years that you’ve known him. Whenever he was around, someone was there too. Sure, you had ran into him in the halls alone, but that was different from being alone together at the top of a tower late at night. 
Anything could happen. 
Once reaching the top, you spotted Kylo already set up and waiting for your arrival. He was standing with his back to you as he gazed out one of the large windows. One of them was slightly ajar, letting a breeze through the tower. You watched as his hair moved with the wind and took a deep breath before approaching him. The wooden floorboards creaked as you walked towards him, and he turned to give you a small smile.
“It’s beautiful up here, isn’t it?” Kylo asked, watching as you placed your things down next to his telescope. He looked tired, but slightly cheerful. 
You nodded in agreement. For some reason, you were feeling shy around him. It was odd to see him like this; almost as if he was giddy. “Do you come up here often?” you wondered out loud.
“Sometimes.” He admitted, not revealing much else. Kylo had always been quite mysterious, which was one of the reasons why you were so drawn to him. 
There was a small pause before you cleared your throat. “Well, um, what are you struggling to find? Can I see your homework?” You asked, trying to act as normal as possible.
You watched as Kylo reached into his book bag before pulling out a sheet of parchment with his handwriting. He handed the paper to you and you brought it up close to your face, squinting as you tried to get a look at it in the dark; he was missing a few of Jupiter’s moons. You were mildly surprised by his handwriting; it was quite beautiful. 
“You write in cursive?” you asked, handing him back the parchment.
Kylo nodded. “Don’t act so surprised.” He said with a playful smile. 
“Sorry, I guess it was just a little unexpected…your brother’s handwriting is complete trash.” You laughed a little.
“Though we may look similar in appearance, I’m nothing like them.” Kylo said. He moved closer towards you and you felt your heart rate pick up. 
“Anyways, let’s have a look at how you’ve got your telescope set up. I know sometimes it can be hard to find all of Jupiter’s moons.” You found yourself babbling, going on as you tried to push away your attraction to the man you were spending time with in a secluded room.
This was about helping him with his homework, afterall. 
You peered through the telescope, adjusting it as you looked out into the night sky. You felt something brush up against your side and you jumped. “Oh.” You felt flustered, finding Kylo now at your side as he watched your every move.
“Sorry, I was just trying to get a look at what you were doing.” He apologized, but didn’t move away.
“It’s alright.” You said quickly. You cleared your throat before continuing. “So you were a little off; the telescope wasn’t at the direct angle that Professor Sinistra had gone over in class. But it was an easy fix.” You turned to look at him. “Want to take a look?”
He nodded in response and you took a step to the side. You watched as the tall man hunched over so he could look through the telescope. “Brilliant…” he muttered under his breath before turning to you. “No wonder you’re in Ravenclaw.”
Laughing slightly, you shrugged. “I’m glad I could help.” It really wasn’t that difficult to figure out anyways. 
Kylo took a step towards you, getting rid of the small gap between the two of you. He set his hand on your arm, rubbing it gently as he looked down at you. “You feel cold.” Kylo said quietly, letting his fingers trace along your skin.
The sensation gave you goosebumps and you subconsciously leaned into his touch. He was right, you were cold. Gazing up into his eyes, you nodded.
Kylo started to bring his face down to meet yours. Knowing what was about to happen, you closed your eyes and lifted your chin. Your lips met and you had to keep yourself from letting out a soft moan. You had wanted this for so long, you couldn’t believe it was finally happening. His kiss was gentle and soft, and his breath smelled like sweet cinnamon. 
He wrapped his large arms around you and pulled you closer to his body as the two of you continued to kiss. Falling into his touch, you cupped his face with your hands and started to kiss him deeply. You wanted more, not realizing until now how desperate you had been for his touch. 
You let one of your hands move down Kylo’s chest and towards his groin. Since he was pressed up against you, you could tell he was hard. Just before you could touch his member, Kylo broke the kiss and you subconsciously licked your lips.
Kylo couldn’t believe he had finally done it, and your kiss was just as he had always imagined it to be. He wanted to get another good look at you before the two of you went any further. He watched as the dream-like expression on your face turned to panic, and his stomach dropped. 
You took a step back from him. For some reason, you felt frantic. “I’ve got to get to bed.” You said on the spot. “I’m sorry..” you trailed off. “Please don’t tell Matt or Ben.” 
You turned away from Kylo and picked up your astronomy homework. You didn’t know why you felt so anxious, especially since this was something you had always wanted. Everything had happened so quickly, and the two of you hadn’t even admitted any feelings for one another. 
Did Kylo actually like you or did he think you were an easy fuck? 
“I’ll see you in class.” You mumbled before descending the steps of the tower, heart beating heavily as you left Kylo alone.
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weasley-adoptee · 13 hours ago
Really hope we haven’t jinxed how enjoyable season 3 is gonna be. Like people are getting tired of the team drama already and we don’t know how much longer they’ll drag it on for. And for a season that’s supposedly gonna focus on Orion there hasn’t been much of him recently so far. Season 2 had a promising start too and it just devolved into being frustrating to the point that people were dreading updates and dropping the sidequest altogether :/
Yeah, that thought occurred to me as well. I sincerely hope we didn’t get our hopes up too high, and I really want to believe we’re not at a point where we need to be worrying that we did. Like, this season had a promising start. And stuff like Orion’s self-examination, his whole storyline...that’s not the kind of thing that they can just sweep under the rug and tell us was never important, the way they did for things like Murphy and Andre’s friendship. This requires resolution, and I think they must realize that. I just hope that the resolution is fleshed out, not some kind of afterthought. Sure, you’re right, Season 2 had a promising start as well...but I dunno anon, it wasn’t quite like this. Maybe it’s just because Season 2 was such a chore for us to get through, that Season 3 feels like a breath of fresh air...it could just be that. But honestly, it’s more than that. This season gives me the impression that the writers are listening to what the fans have to say, and they want us to know that they’re listening. Skye’s maturity is proof enough of that. Though it’s possible as well that they figured we would be happy that the drama has shifted to being perpetuated by the background characters, and our core four are the ones trying to resolve it. Which is better, obviously, but I think a lot of players are just tired of the drama in general. 
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gallavichthings · 16 hours ago
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This week we talked to Amy aka @auntginger27, author of fics like The One That Saves Me, Better The Devil You Know, and Gentrification, among several others.
 GT: Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
A: I work in healthcare, which is like most of my life here lately. Writing and reading is my sweet escape. I love a good story that just sucks me in, especially love stories and thrillers. I love all animals. I have a ferret and a neighborhood cat who just adopted me :)
GT: I can imagine the pressure you're under, I'm glad you have that escape. Being adopted by a cat is a life goal lol. What are the names of your pets?
And speaking of names, why auntginger27?
 A: I just call the cat Grey Cat, at one time there were like four of them who hung around my house. I found a cat rescue and they have their forever homes now :) My little ferret's name is Chewie. As far as auntginger27, I just found the Aunt Ginger storyline so shameless. I liked the character and the name. The 27 is just a random number, no significance.
 GT: Do you have a favorite season and/or episode of Shameless?
A: Season 3 will always be superior for me. All of the story lines were good. It had everything that season. So many iconic and chaotic moments. Episode 3x05 is one that I rewatch often. First kiss aww.
 GT: What attracts you to Ian and Mickey and their relationship?
A: I think what drew me into Mickey and Ian's relationship is their love. I love their love! Watching it develop and blossom into what they have this season has been amazing. They faced so many hardships and nothing could/ever will break that bond they have.
 GT: That is true, their soulmates. Do you have a favorite Gallavich scene?
A: That's definitely hard to pick just one. They have so many great scenes, especially this season! I think the prison endgame scene and the dock kiss is pretty far at the top for me.
 GT: The dock scene gets me every time. 
What are other characters that you like in the show? Do you include them in your stories?
A: I like Fiona, Veronica, and Sandy. Mandy will always hold a special place in my heart. I've included all of them in some of my stories, but most of the time just as kinda background characters.
 GT: Have you ever written any Shameless fics without Gallavich in them? If not, would you?
A: I have not yet. But I do have this one story I keep thinking about with Veronica and Fiona. I was rewatching from the beginning and I noticed things about them that I didn't before. It's probably just wishful thinking lol, but I can totally see some mutual pining between the two.
 GT: No, I can see it. Friends to lovers AU, why not?
Tell me how you got into the fandom. When did you start watching Shameless and how did you find other fans of the show and of Ian and Mickey in particular?
A: I started watching Shameless around season 3. My sister was watching it at her house and I was immediately hooked. I fell down the rabbit hole of Ian and Mickey videos on YouTube which kinda lead me to ao3. I read fics for a while before I decided to make a page on there and started writing my own. Fics are mainly what made me find other fans. Commenting on author's stories, people commenting on mine, and finding each other on here.
 GT: Is this the first fandom you read fics for?
A: Yes
 GT: And what made you want to write your own?
A: I liked the characters and I wanted to write my own interpretation of them.
 GT: What was the first fic you wrote for them? Where did you get the inspiration for it?
A: My first fic, I do not speak about it lol. It was soooo bad. I hope it never surfaces 😂
 GT: Hahah, ok then! What's the fic you're the proudest of?
A: The fic I am proudest of is one I deleted. The Space Called In Between. I haven't decided if that story was meant for Mickey and Ian.
 GT: What kind of comments do you most like getting?
A: I love the ones that let me know what they liked. It helps me determine if I am going in the right direction with my stories.
 GT: Tell me about your writing process. What inspires you to write?
A: My writing process is pretty chaotic at times lol. I'm kinda all over the place. It consists of notes, lines, and different scenes that I usually save in a memo on my phone. Random ideas always pop into my head at the oddest times, so I have to get it down before I forget. As far as inspiration, I take from the show of course and just add my own style to it and write them how I want in whatever "universe" I've placed them in.
GT: What kind of fics do you write the most? 
A: I write pretty much all except for canon. I don't believe any fics are actually canon because it didn't actually happen on the show, and no two creators interpret canon exactly the same way. If that makes sense. I love Au's. I love putting them in a different universe and seeing how it plays out.
 GT: What about reading, what kind of fics do you read the most?
A: I'm all about the AUs. When I read fic I usually look for different first meetings, friends to lovers, something with good angst and romantic tension.
 GT: Speaking of different things, if you could change one thing about the show, but only one thing, what would it be?
A: 3x06 scene hands down
GT: What would you do? Just eliminate it? What effect do you think it would have in their relationship?
A: I would definitely eliminate it. I mean, I do get the message Shameless was putting out with that scene. It made me as a viewer really understand what Mickey's home life and upbringing was like. It definitely showed what REAL homophobia looks like. (I say that because that term gets tossed around kinda flippantly and "jokingly" these days.) I never really thought about how it would have changed Mickey and Ian's relationship if that scene never happened. I think they still probably would have had some of the same relationship struggles. Mickey coming out. Working through Ian's bipolar disorder. Their breakup. Most relationships have growing pains. There just wouldn't have been that particular trauma that would linger in the form of a kid and a wife that Mickey never wanted.
 GT: What did you think of the ending of the show?
A: I actually was satisfied with it. Of course, if I could have had it my way, there would have been more closure to everyone's storylines. My soul is at peace after living through post season 5 because OMG it was a mess after that. All I ever wanted was for Mickey and Ian to be happy, safe, and together. They have all of that. I can't really ask for much more.
 GT: How do you imagine the future for them?
A: I see Ian being proud of his tomatoes. I see them shopping together at Whole Foods. I can see Mickey actually becoming really successful in the cannabis industry, and of course, having Ian right there by his side. I see them being the couple that outlasts them all.
 GT: What's the most fun thing about writing Gallavich? What's the most difficult thing?
A: The most fun thing for me is the comedy. The most difficult thing for me is dialogue. I've never been confident at writing it.
 GT: What are your favorite fics and authors in the fandom?
A: I have so many fics I love, but I'll name a couple. SHITW, Domestic Bliss Series, The Halfway House series, You're Not In The Old Country Anymore, Total Frat Move, Two Of Your Earth Minutes, Sunshine, Eighty-four, Maia's fic a day may collection and a lot of their other fics. I think some of the ones I named have been deleted, but I really love all of these writers and admire them. So many other great writers in this fandom. We are so lucky.
 GT: We are indeed, there are some fantastic people, and you did name some great fics.
So, what's next for you? What do you have on the works?
A: Right now I'm finishing up Gentrification. I have quite a few long one shots that I have been working on. One of them is a modern day Grinch AU. I'm pretty excited about that one. I'm also working on a multichapter fic inspired by the movie Fear.
 GT: I don't know this movie. What's the plot about?
A: It's an older movie. It came out in 1996. It had Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon in it. It's one of those obsessive love type stories. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I kinda dig it. I don't think we have any of those in the fandom, at least not that I know of. Mine won't be exactly like the movie, just loosely inspired by.
 GT: I see. It's definitely unique.
All right, love, think that's about it. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. Any last words?
A: Thank you so much for taking the time as well. Happy reading, happy writing! XOXO Amy
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fan-of-mulligan · a day ago
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FOM BLOG: GILLINGHAM 2-2 NORTHAMPTON TOWN
My Thoughts On Gillingham 2-2 Northampton Town…….
After Gillingham’s impressive 1-0 away win against Peterborough United at London Road On Tuesday Night, I was hoping that Gillingham can build on that impressive 1-0 win against Peterborough United by winning against relegation threatened Northampton Town At Priestfield Stadium on Saturday The 24th Of April 2021, There were three main reasons as to why I was hoping that Gillingham would win against Northampton Town ONE: Three points for The Gills would keep Gillingham’s “very very” slim playoff hopes alive for another week TWO: I was hoping that Gillingham can pick up back to back home wins in our final two home matches of the season against Northampton Town and Plymouth Argyle so that Gillingham would end The 2020 / 2021 Season with a very impressive home record at Priestfield Stadium AND THREE: Gillingham could still beat Justin Edinburgh’s points tally of sixty nine points, which Gillingham picked up in The 2015 / 2016 Season if Gillingham were to win the final three matches of the season.
And Gillingham Lined Up As Follows For Gillingham V Northampton Town,,,,,, Jack Bonham, Ryan Jackson, Robbie Cundy, Jack Tucker, Connor Ogilvie, Stuart O’Keefe, Kyle Dempsey, Alex MacDonald, Olly Lee, Vadaine Oliver, Dominic Samuel Substitutes: Sacha Bastien (GK), Robbie McKenzie, Tom O’Connor, Henry Woods, Tyreke Johnson, Jordan Graham and Gerald Sithole - John Akinde isn’t named in the match-day squad and that is a real shame because John Akinde put in a exceptional performance up-front for Gillingham against Peterborough United when Gillingham won 1-0 at London Road, John Akinde wasn’t included because of illness and Jordan Graham had just about recovered from illness himself to be named on the bench, Vadaine Oliver has recovered from his slight knock to start for Gillingham against his former club, And Dominic Samuel makes his first start for Gillingham since recovering from his long injury layoff.
Gillingham have to win and hope for results from elsewhere to go in our favour to give ourselves the best possible chance of sneaking into the playoff places in League One, and likewise, Northampton Town have to win and hope for results to go in there favour for Northampton Town to stand any chance of avoiding an instant relegation return to League Two, With both teams needing to win for different reasons, this should be a very end to end match, And I often find that when the match is more open, Gillingham tend to perform better, rather then trying to break the opposition down when teams are set up defensively to try and earn themselves a point.
And not only would Gillingham V Northampton Town be more of a end to end match, the importance of this match for both football clubs for entirely different reasons would have seen a very decent attendance inside Priestfield Stadium, And having not been to any of the matches live inside Priestfield Stadium or supporters being able to go to a away game, the atmosphere’s either home or away could have made more of a difference as the supporters would been the twelfth man, and the stats for this season show that the lack of home supporters have seen football clubs across all the divisions in The English Game record fewer home wins then in previous season’s, But I am hoping that Gillingham can make it back to back home league wins against Northampton Town and Plymouth Argyle, And Gillingham can end this season on a high note with back to back home wins at Priestfield Stadium - COME ON THE GILLS!!!!!!!
FIRST HALF:
Four Minutes Into The Match, And Gillingham create the first goal-scoring opportunity, Gillingham have a throw on down The Gordon Road Stand Side Of The Pitch In Gillingham’s Half, And From The Resulting Throw On, Connor Ogilvie throws the ball long down the line and Vadaine Oliver wins the aerial challenge to flick the ball on towards Dominic Samuel inside Northampton Town’s Penalty Area, And Dominic Samuel manages to retain possession of the ball before looking around for passing options, And Dominic Samuel passed the ball out-wide towards Alex MacDonald, And Alex MacDonald takes a touch to control the ball before whipping in a dangerous in-swinging cross, and Fraser Horsfall manages to header the ball clear and away from danger, and Stuart O’Keefe wins the first aerial challenge to header the ball forwards and Peter Kioso headers the ball up towards the halfway line for the visitor’s and Connor Ogilvie wins the next aerial challenge to header the ball sideways towards Ryan Jackson, And Ryan Jackson manages to header the ball down the line towards Kyle Dempsey, But Shaun McWilliams manages to get to the ball first and keep the ball in play by back-healing the ball towards Sam Hoskins, And Sam Hoskins takes plenty of touches in possession of the ball before playing a short pass forwards towards Shaun McWilliams, And Shaun McWilliams gets the ball under control before trying to pick out Peter Kioso with a cross-field cross-pass, And Connor Ogilvie manages to nip in there to intercept the ball, And Connor Ogilvie continue’s his run forwards before passing the ball inside to Dominic Samuel in a central position on the pitch, And Dominic Samuel does brilliantly to retain possession of the ball despite being closely marked by Shaun McWilliams, And Dominic Samuel turns away from The Northampton Town Midfielder and passes the ball out-wide to Connor Ogilvie down the left side of the pitch in Northampton Town’s Final Third, And Connor Ogilvie gets the ball under control before firing in a dangerous low cross across the face of goal, and Lloyd Jones has sliced his clearance straight into Olly Lee’s Path, And Olly Lee gets the ball under control before seeing his shot towards goal blocked by Lloyd Jones and Peter Kioso passes the ball forwards to Bryn Morris and Northampton Town survive.
It’s a very brave and courageous block from Lloyd Jones after slicing his initial clearance into Olly Lee’s Path, But should Gillingham have been awarded a penalty kick because the contentious decision was whether Lloyd Jones had blocked the ball with his arm ??? I know I was appealing for a penalty kick to Gillingham at the time and Olly Lee was appalling for Gillingham to be awarded a penalty kick, But Referee Carl Brook didn’t look like for a moment he was going to point to the penalty spot, and despite the no penalty kick decision, Gillingham had made an encouraging start to the match so far.
And Five Minutes Into The Match, I thought the decision to penalise Robbie Cundy for his challenge on Mickel Miller was a soft decision, And it is from this free kick where Northampton Town should have opened the scoring, Joseph Mills has curled the ball over the wall and Joseph Mills curling free kick goes just wide of the far right post and Jack Bonham had scrambled across his goal-line to cover the right side of the goal, and that free kick from Joseph Mills is a reminder that Northampton Town are going to create meaningful goal-scoring opportunities, We can talk about Olly Lee’s shot towards goal being blocked by Lloyd Jones and should Gillingham have been awarded a penalty kick, but complaining about the penalty decision would have meant nothing if Joseph Mills had opened the scoring for Northampton Town from that free kick.
Eight Minutes Into The Match, And Gillingham have been awarded a throw on, and it is from this throw where Gillingham almost took the lead, Gillingham have a throw on down The Gordon Road Stand Side Of The Pitch In Gillingham’s Defensive Final Third, And From The Resulting Throw On, Connor Ogilvie hurls the ball long down the line towards the halfway line and Shaun McWilliams wins the aerial challenge up against Vadaine Oliver and Alex MacDonald’s long pass down the line is headed inside centrally by Shaun McWilliams and Stuart O’Keefe wins the fifty / fifty challenge up against Ryan Watson, And Stuart O’Keefe evades the attempted challenge from Sam Hoskins before passing the ball square to Ryan Jackson, And Ryan Jackson passes the ball back inside to Stuart O’Keefe, And Stuart O’Keefe spends too long in possession of the ball and this enables Ryan Watson to intercept the ball, But Ryan Jackson gets to the ricochet first and runs down the right flank in possession of the ball, And Ryan Jackson passes the ball out-wide to Kyle Dempsey, And Kyle Dempsey takes a touch to control the ball before threading a through-ball through to Olly Lee down the right side of the pitch in Northampton Town’s Final Third, and Olly Lee just about manages to keep the ball in play before pulling the ball back towards Alex MacDonald, and Alex MacDonald’s first time shot towards goal is brilliantly blocked by Lloyd Jones and the ricochet off The Northampton Town Defender deflects the ball out of play for A Gillingham Corner Kick.
And From The Resulting Corner Kick, Gillingham had the chance to open the scoring, Olly Lee whips in a dangerous in-swinging cross towards the far post and Jonathan Mitchell at full stretch has to punch the ball out of play for another Gillingham Corner Kick because Jack Tucker was unmarked at the far post, And from the second corner kick, Gillingham manage to open the scoring, Olly Lee whips in a dangerous in-swinging cross and Robbie Cundy wins the aerial challenge to header the ball on across the face of goal and the header across the face of goal from Robbie Cundy hits Dominic Samuel, and there is Vadaine Oliver unmarked at the far post to smash the ball into the back of the net from close range to give Gillingham the lead, and just like how Tom Eaves didn’t celebrate when he scored for Hull City against Gillingham, Vadaine Oliver also didn’t celebrate against Northampton Town when he gave Gillingham the lead after eleven minutes - GILLINGHAM 1-0 NORTHAMPTON TOWN.
Gillingham have had there chances to open the scoring with Olly Lee’s shot towards goal blocked by Lloyd Jones, Alex MacDonald’s shot towards goal was blocked and Olly Lee’s in-swinging cross from the resulting corner had to be punched out of play at full stretch by Jonathan Mitchell, And if Gillingham are going to create so many chances to open the scoring inside the opening eleven minutes of the match, then eventually Northampton Town’s Defence is going to fold under the pressure, and that goal from Vadaine Oliver is precisely what Gillingham needed, Especially as Northampton Town need to score twice to get the win they so desperately need to give themselves the best possible chance of avoiding relegation into League Two.
Thirteen Minutes Into The Match, And Ryan Watson has possession of the ball for Northampton Town in a central position on the pitch thirty yards from goal, And Ryan Watson takes a touch to control the ball before taking a few touches to set himself and Ryan Watson pretends to get a shot off on goal which tricks Alex MacDonald and Ryan Watson shifts the ball back on to his left foot and not only does Connor Ogilvie manage to nip in there to intercept the ball, But Connor Ogilvie is also fouled by Ryan Watson and The Northampton Town Midfielder is penalised and booked for his challenge on Connor Ogilvie - And that was fantastic defending from Connor Ogilvie to relieve the pressure building on to Gillingham’s Goal.
Fifteen Minutes Into The Match, And Gillingham have been awarded a throw on right in-front of the dugouts, and it is from this throw on where Gillingham could have doubled there lead and gone 2-0 up, Ryan Jackson hurls the ball long down the line and Fraser Horsfall wins the aerial challenge up against Olly Lee and Joseph Mills was about to boot the ball clear and away from danger before Olly Lee manages to nip in there to intercept the ball, And Olly Lee manages to retain possession of the ball before threading a pass through to Kyle Dempsey right by the byline in the far corner of The Brian Moore Stand / Medway Stand Side Of The Pitch, And Kyle Dempsey see’s his low cross towards the near post blocked by Lloyd Jones, who had crouched low to block the cross, And Lloyd Jones takes far too long in possession of the ball and Dominic Samuel intercepts the ball from Lloyd Jones right on the byline, And Dominic Samuel turns back on himself so that he is facing goal-wards, And Dominic Samuel’s low shot across the face of goal was turned around the far left post and Northampton Town Goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell must have got the faintest of touches on to the ball to divert the ball out of play for A Gillingham Corner Kick - A Fantastic Save from Jonathan Mitchell - But defending like that from Lloyd Jones gives us a explanation as to why Northampton Town are in The League One Relegation Zone, and watching that effort on goal from Dominic Samuel again, you can only applaud the save from Jonathan Mitchell, and had Dominic Samuel scored for 2-0, that would have put Gillingham in a fantastic position to pick up all three points.
And from the resulting corner kick, Olly Lee whips in a high and hanging cross towards the far post and Jack Tucker wins the aerial challenge to header the ball down and back across the face of goal and Fraser Horsfall makes the all important interception and Connor Ogilvie wins the aerial challenge to header the ball back to Jack Tucker, And Jack Tucker plays a shot pass back-wards towards Alex MacDonald, And Alex MacDonald whips in a dangerous high and hanging cross first time and Vadaine Oliver’s looping header was on target and Jonathan Mitchell makes a comfortable save in goal for Northampton Town.
Nineteen Minutes Into The Match, And Gillingham created another decent goal-scoring opportunity, And this goal-scoring opportunity was initially created from A Gillingham Long Throw As Ryan Jackson hurls in a long dangerous throw and Fraser Horsfall headers the ball clear towards the edge of Northampton Town’s Penalty Area, And Kyle Dempsey plays a first time pass out-wide towards Ryan Jackson, And Ryan Jackson takes a touch to control the ball before playing a short squared pass towards Kyle Dempsey in a left / central area on the pitch, And Kyle Dempsey takes a touch to control the ball before running inside centrally right on the edge of the penalty area as Kyle Dempsey takes on Peter Kioso, And Kyle Dempsey fires in a fiercely driven shot which Jonathan Mitchell was more then equal to with The Northampton Town Goalkeeper parrying the ball away from goal with a splendid save - Gills really could have done with Kyle Dempsey scoring with that effort on goal, Because 2-0 would have put Gillingham in a very strong position to pick up all three points.
Twenty One Minutes Into The Match, And Gillingham are in the ascendancy yet again, And again, this goal-scoring opportunity was created from A Gillingham Throw On, Ryan Jackson hurls in a long dangerous throw and Lloyd Jones wins the initial aerial challenge and Ryan Watson wins the second aerial challenge and Vadaine Oliver goes for the spectacular over-head kick and Vadaine Oliver doesn’t make contact with the ball and Olly Lee is first to the loose ball inside Northampton Town’s Penalty Area, And Olly Lee passes the ball back to Kyle Dempsey on the edge of the penalty area, And Kyle Dempsey plays a first time pass towards Olly Lee down the left side of Northampton Town’s Penalty Area, And Olly Lee is twisting and turning and Olly Lee manages a rabona cross and Lloyd Jones manages to header the ball out of play for A Gillingham Throw On Down The Gordon Road Stand / Brian Moore Stand Side Of The Pitch - Ryan Jackson’s long throw has caused Northampton Town more problems defensively and Gillingham really can do with that all important second goal, Because Gillingham are creating plenty of goal-scoring opportunities and The Gills really need to double there advantage, Because it only takes one effort on goal from the visitor’s to hit the back of the net, And Northampton Town are level at 1-1.
And that is almost precisely what happened In The Twenty Fifth Minute, Because Northampton Town really should have equalised for 1-1, Kyle Dempsey passes the ball back towards Stuart O’Keefe down the left side of the pitch in Gillingham’s Half, And Stuart O’Keefe passes the ball square to Jack Tucker, who takes a touch to control the ball, And Jack Tucker’s back pass towards Jack Bonham is woefully under-hit and Alex Jones is through on goal for Northampton Town and Alex Jones is one on one with Jack Bonham, And Alex Jones takes a touch to set himself before firing his effort towards goal well wide of the far right post - AND THAT WAS THE CHANCE FOR NORTHAMPTON TOWN TO EQUALISE AND THAT WAS A MASSIVE LET OFF FOR GILLINGHAM!!!!!!! - Huge credit must go to Jack Bonham for staying on his feat for as long as possible and this perhaps put a level of doubt into Alex Jones Mind, And The Northampton Town Striker went for power to beat Jack Bonham but failed to hit the target - BUT WHAT ON EARTH WAS JACK TUCKER DOING WITH THAT HORRENDOUS BACK-PASS!!!!!!!
Twenty Eight Minutes Into The Match, Northampton Town went from the score-line should have been 1-1, To Gillingham creating a decent goal-scoring opportunity for 2-0, Gillingham have a throw on down The Medway Stand Side Of The Pitch, And Ryan Jackson hurls a long throw down the line and Vadaine Oliver wins the initial aerial challenge and Fraser Horsfall wins the second aerial challenge up against Dominic Samuel and Fraser Horsfall wins the next aerial challenge before Vadaine Oliver can get to the loose ball, But Fraser Horsfall’s headed clearance goes straight towards Kyle Dempsey, who chests the ball under control and Kyle Dempsey passes the ball square to Alex MacDonald on the edge of Northampton Town’s Penalty Area, And Alex MacDonald’s first time through-ball through to Vadaine Oliver is slightly over-hit, and Jonathan Mitchell was able to gather the ball with some difficulty to keep Northampton Town in this match at 1-0 down.
Thirty Two Minutes Into The Match, And Gillingham have been awarded a free kick, Jack Bonham saves Mickel Miller’s low in-swinging cross, and Jack Bonham was quick to throw the ball out-wide to Kyle Dempsey down the right side of the pitch, And Kyle Dempsey runs forwards in possession of the ball for The Gills and Kyle Dempsey continue’s his run forwards into Northampton Town’s Final Third, And Kyle Dempsey checks back on himself to evade the attempted challenge from Peter Kioso, And The Northampton Town Defender Pushes Kyle Dempsey down to the deck and Gillingham have been awarded a free kick, and it is from this free kick where Gillingham had the chance to go 2-0 up, Olly Lee whips in a dangerous in-swinging cross and Robbie Cundy climbs highest to header the ball down into the ground and the ball bounces high straight into Jonathan Mitchell’s grasp, either side of The Northampton Town Goalkeeper would have seen Gillingham go 2-0 up, And Gillingham have had there chances to extend the lead further in there favour in this action packed first half.
Thirty Five Minutes Into The Match, And Again, Gillingham were looking to double there advantage to 2-0 in another attacking opportunity, Stuart O’Keefe has possession of the ball in Gillingham’s Half Of The Pitch, And Stuart O’Keefe runs forwards in possession of the ball before passing the ball forwards towards Dominic Samuel on the halfway line, And Dominic Samuel losses possession of the ball to Bryn Morris, But Dominic Samuel does really well to intercept the ball off The Northampton Town Midfielder, And Dominic Samuel runs forwards in possession of the ball towards Northampton Town’s Penalty Area, But Dominic Samuel’s threaded through-ball through to Vadaine Oliver was over-hit and the ball runs out of play for A Northampton Town Goal-Kick - I thought Dominic Samuel needed to play that pass to Vadaine Oliver earlier or pass the ball towards Kyle Dempsey or Olly Lee, and if Dominic Samuel was fully fit and not having made substitute appearances for The Gills since his return from injury, Then I think a fully match sharp Dominic Samuel plays a better quality pass personally.
And straight from the resulting goal-kick, Northampton Town had the chance to equalise, Jonathan Mitchell kicks the ball long down-field and Connor Ogilvie wins the initial aerial challenge and Bryn Morris wins the next aerial challenge to header the ball back into Gillingham’s Half Of The Pitch, And Mickel Miller gets the ball under control down the left side of the pitch, And Mickel Miller kicks a high up and under pass which Alex Jones cannot get on to the end of because Robbie Cundy wins the initial aerial challenge and Jack Tucker’s kneed clearance goes straight towards Mickel Miller, And The Northampton Town Striker gets the ball under control before taking a few touches in possession of the ball, and Mickel Miller runs into a more central position on the pitch before driving a curling fizzing shot towards the far left corner of the net and Jack Bonham does brilliantly to not only make the save, but parry the ball wide and away from goal and out of play for A Northampton Town Corner Kick - EXCELLENT SAVE FROM JACK BONHAM!!!!! - And a save which preserves Gillingham’s 1-0 lead, and from the resulting corner kick, Sam Hoskin’s in-swinging cross towards the far post is over-hit, and the ball runs out of play for A Gillingham Goal-Kick - But that effort on goal from Mickel Miller is a reminder for Gillingham that Northampton Town are still very much in this match.
Thirty Seven Minutes Into The Match, And Gillingham have been awarded a free kick when Shaun McWilliams is penalised for shoving Dominic Samuel in the back and Gillingham have been awarded a free kick in a very promising position on the pitch, And from the resulting free kick, Gillingham had the chance to double there lead, Olly Lee, Kyle Dempsey and Alex MacDonald are all standing over the ball, And Olly Lee plays a short pass to Kyle Dempsey, And Kyle Dempsey tee’s up Olly Lee, And Olly Lee’s low shot towards goal is saved by Jonathan Mitchell, all be it with some difficulty, Because Jonathan Mitchell had to readjust his diving position to ensure that he saved and gathered the ball at the first attempt, Because Vadaine Oliver was there anticipating any re-bound to tap in for 2-0.
Forty Minutes Into The Match, And Northampton Town had the chance to equalise for 1-1, Jack Bonham kicks the ball long down-field and Fraser Horsfall headers the ball partially clear and away from danger and Sam Hoskins headers the ball square to Mickel Miller, And Mickel Miller’s pass short to Bryn Morris is short and Alex MacDonald times his sliding challenge to perfection, however, Bryn Morris is running down Gillingham’s Left Flank and manages to keep the ball in play right by the byline, and Bryn Morris runs inside into a more central position on the pitch, And Bryn Morris passes the ball square to Sam Hoskins in a right / central position on the pitch, And Sam Hoskins takes a few touches in possession of the ball before firing a low effort towards goal which flashes just wide of Gillingham’s far left post with Jack Bonham diving at full stretch - AND THAT WAS THE CHANCE FOR NORTHAMPTON TOWN TO EQUALISE FOR 1-1!!!!! - Maybe Jack Bonham had Sam Hoskins effort on goal covered if Hoskins manages to hit the target, but you can never be too sure and better safe then sorry that Jack Bonham dived at full stretch.
And Gillingham had the final goal-scoring opportunity of the first half in The Forty Third Minute Of The Match, Northampton Town were pushing for the equaliser with Joseph Mills running forwards in possession of the ball and Joseph Mills manages to take on Stuart O’Keefe, runs into a more central position of the pitch and is drawing the attention of Jack Tucker, And Joseph Mills passes the ball out-wide to Peter Kioso Down Gillingham’s Left Side Of The Pitch In Gillingham’s Final Third, And Peter Kioso takes a touch to control the ball before clipping in a dangerous high and hanging cross towards the back-stick and Ryan Jackson headers the ball partially clear towards the edge of Gillingham’s Penalty Area, And Olly Lee gets the ball under control before booting the ball long down-field and Fraser Horsfall gets to the long clearance ahead of Dominic Samuel and Fraser Horsfall passes the ball back to Goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell, And Jonathan Mitchell boots the ball clear down towards the halfway line, and Peter Kioso wins the initial aerial challenge and Olly Lee does really well to retain possession of the ball, lay the ball off to Kyle Dempsey, who losses possession of the ball, But Bryn Morris’s pass down the line is blocked by Connor Ogilvie and Shaun McWilliams gets the ball under control and plays a short pass out-wide to Peter Kioso, And Peter Kioso manages to pick out Sam Hoskins with a pass towards the centre circle, And Sam Hoskins passes the ball forwards towards Alex Jones, And Alex Jones losses possession of the ball to Stuart O’Keefe, And Stuart O’Keefe runs forwards in possession of the ball, And Stuart O’Keefe manages to pick out Ryan Jackson with a threaded pass down the right side of the pitch in Northampton Town’s Final Third, And Ryan Jackson manages to nutmeg and skilfully evade two challenges from Shaun McWilliams, And Ryan Jackson clips in a dangerous in-swinging cross and Vadaine Oliver’s looping header goes just wide of the far right post - And that was the chance for Gillingham to go 2-0 up just before half time.
HALF TIME: GILLINGHAM 1-0 NORTHAMPTON TOWN
I uploaded the following status updates on to social media at half time,,,,, HALF TIME: GILLINGHAM 1-0 NORTHAMPTON TOWN - Vadaine Oliver's goal is the difference between both sides in the first half in a first half which has been very end to end, And Lee came close to opening the scoring after five minutes, when his shot towards goal was blocked by Jones. Mills's curling free kick went just wide of the far right post and after eleven minutes, Oliver opened the scoring for The Gills with Jackson hurling in a long dangerous throw, one of Cundy or Samuel flicked the ball on and Oliver was in the right place to give The Gills the lead, Dominic Samuel almost made the score-line 2-0, when he intercepted the ball inside Northampton Town's Penalty Area, And Samuel's shot towards goal was saved by Mitchell and knocked out of play for a corner, Dempsey's curling shot towards goal was also saved by Mitchell in goal. But despite all the chances Gillingham were creating, a dreadful back-pass from Jack Tucker put the ball through to Jones, who really should have equalised for Northampton Town, and that was a massive let off for The Gills. Cundy's header towards goal from Lee's cross was saved. Bonham saved Miller's curling effort towards goal as Northampton Town were looking the better side in the closing stages of the first half, Lee's low effort towards goal from Dempsey's layoff was saved by Mitchell, Oliver also headed Jackson's cross just wide of the far post.
Ryan Watson and Joseph Mills were booked for Northampton Town in the first half, And Stuart O’Keefe and Robbie Cundy were booked for The Gills, Stuart O’Keefe has now been booked ten times in his last fifteen appearances for Gillingham and twelve bookings in twenty four appearances throughout The 2020 / 2021 Season, which is truly a remarkable statistic, But one thing which was less then remarkable in the first half which was that horrendous back-pass from Jack Tucker which put Alex Jones through one on one with Jack Bonham, And Alex Jones should have equalised for Northampton Town, But credit must go to Jack Bonham for staying on his feat for as long as possible, And Jack Bonham staying on his feat was enough for Gillingham to preserve there one goal lead.
SECOND HALF: And that one on one miss from Alex Jones see’s Northampton Town Manager Jon Brady substitute Alex Jones at half time, with experienced striker Danny Rose coming on right at the start of the second half, Danny Rose has been linked with a move to Gillingham previously when he was playing for Mansfield Town In League Two and Danny Rose will just give Northampton Town something different in attack to concern Gillingham defensively, Steve Evans hasn’t made any tactical or enforced substitutions at half time because Gillingham were winning 1-0, perhaps the only disappointing aspect from Gillingham’s first half performance was the fact that Gillingham have not extended the lead further in our favour, 2-0 or 3-0 would have put The Gills in a very strong position to pick up all three points.
Fifty Four Minutes Into The Match, And Gillingham have been awarded a free kick when Bryn Morris is penalised and booked for a very reckless challenge on Alex MacDonald on the halfway line, And Gillingham have been awarded a free kick, and from the resulting free kick, Jack Tucker kicks in a high and hanging cross towards the edge of Northampton Town’s Penalty Area, And Fraser Horsfall manages to header the ball partially clear and away from danger, and Alex MacDonald headers the ball square to Kyle Dempsey down the right side of the pitch, And Alex MacDonald had sprinted across to provide Kyle Dempsey with a passing option, And Kyle Dempsey takes a few touches in possession of the ball before attempting to thread a through-ball through to Olly Lee, And Sam Hoskins manages to intercept the ball for Northampton Town before  being forced to run towards his own byline, And Sam Hoskins does really well to clip the ball down the line just to momentarily get the ball clear and away from goal, whilst at the same-time preventing the ball going out of play for A Gillingham Corner Kick, And Ryan Jackson gets to the loose ball first and passes the ball forwards towards Olly Lee, And Olly Lee takes a touch to control the ball before passing the ball back to Ryan Jackson, And Ryan Jackson clips a long pass down the line for Dominic Samuel to try and get on the end of, And Dominic Samuel does manage to get the loose ball first ahead of Lloyd Jones, And Lloyd Jones had completely taken Dominic Samuel out, And Gillingham have been awarded a free kick in a very promising position on the pitch.
And I have got to say that Lloyd Jones can consider himself “very fortunate” not to have been booked for that challenge on Dominic Samuel, However, Gillingham had the chance to double there lead and go 2-0 up from the resulting free kick, Kyle Dempsey and Olly Lee are both standing over the ball, And Olly Lee whips in a dangerous in-swinging cross and Robbie Cundy’s glancing header loops just wide of the far left post - And had Robbie Cundy’s Header been on target, Gillingham would have doubled there lead and 2-0 would have put Gillingham in a stronger position to pick up all three points.
Once the ball had gone out of play, Northampton Town make a double substitution, With Mark Marshall and Ryan Edmondson coming on to replace Mickel Miller and Shaun McWilliams, Mark Marshall and Ryan Edmondson are both attacking players and Northampton Town have got to win against Gillingham if they are to stand any chance of avoiding relegation into League Two, Because Northampton Town’s final two league games of the season are against Blackpool and Sunderland, And Northampton Town will look at this match against Gillingham as there best opportunity to pick up all three points, but at the same-time, the more attack minded Northampton Town are, there is the possibility of Gillingham hitting Northampton Town on the counter attack and extending the lead further in our favour.
Fifty Seven Minutes Into The Match, And Gillingham had another goal-scoring opportunity to go 2-0 up, Lloyd Jones had kicked the ball out of play for A Gillingham Throw On Down The Gordon Road Stand / Rainham End Side Of The Pitch, And it is from this throw on where Gillingham could and perhaps should have doubled there lead, Ryan Jackson hurls in a long dangerous throw and the ball goes over Robbie Cundy’s head and the ball his Vadaine Oliver in the chest, And Vadaine Oliver manages to keep the ball in play by the byline, And Vadaine Oliver takes a few touches in possession of the ball before passing the ball out-wide to Ryan Jackson, And Ryan Jackson takes a touch to control the ball before whipping in a dangerous in-swinging cross towards the far post, and Dominic Samuel’s glancing header flashes just wide of the far left post - AND THAT WAS THE CHANCE FOR GILLINGHAM TO SCORE FOR 2-0!!!!! - Robbie Cundy, Dominic Samuel and Connor Ogilvie were all inside the penalty area to try and get on the end of that cross from Ryan Jackson, and maybe all three players got in each other’s way, But really, Gillingham should have scored for 2-0 with that chance from Dominic Samuel.
Because failure to take that opportunity see’s Northampton Town almost level the game up at 1-1 on the hour mark, Olly Lee is penalised for a foul on Fraser Horsfall right by the byline in the far corner of The Medway Stand / Rainham End Stand Side Of The Pitch, And Olly Lee can consider himself unfortunate because Olly Lee was almost through on goal, but it is from this free kick where Northampton Town created the goal-scoring opportunity where Northampton Town should have levelled the game up at 1-1, Jonathan Mitchell kicks the ball long down-field and Sam Hoskins gets the ball under control and lays the ball off to Ryan Watson, And Ryan Watson passes the ball forwards towards Ryan Edmondson, And Ryan Edmondson passes the ball back towards Joseph Mills, And Joseph Mills passes the ball down the line towards Sam Hoskins, And Sam Hoskins manages to retain possession of the ball down the left flank in Gillingham’s Final Third, And Sam Hoskins works his way into a crossing position and Sam Hoskins whips in a dangerous in-swinging cross and Ryan Edmondson’s header towards goal was heading into the far right corner of the net and Jack Bonham diving at full stretch manages to tip the ball around the post to preserve Gillingham’s slender one goal lead - AND THAT WAS A MAGNIFICENT SAVE FROM JACK BONHAM!!!!!
And From The Resulting Corner Kick, Northampton Town had another opportunity to score again,
Joseph Mills whips in a dangerous in-swinging cross and Lloyd Jones header towards goal hits Alex MacDonald and Dominic Samuel clears the ball partially clear and away from goal and Sam Hoskins headers the ball up into the air and Mark Marshall plays the ball back towards Bryn Morris on the halfway line, And Vadaine Oliver almost manages to intercept the ball, But Bryn Morris passes the ball down the right flank towards Joseph Mills, And Joseph Mills takes a touch to control the ball before whipping in a high and hanging cross and Jack Bonham drops the ball inside Gillingham’s Penalty Area and Jack Bonham was able to gather the ball at the second attempt before Peter Kioso can get to the loose ball, So we went from the brilliant save from Jack Bonham to prevent Ryan Edmondson’s header from hitting the back of the net, to Jack Bonham dropping Joseph Mills Cross and Peter Kioso almost equalising for 1-1, Is today going to be one of those days where Gillingham can scrap a hard fought 1-0 win, despite the opposition pushing for the equaliser ???
Sixty Two Minutes Into The Match, And Northampton Town are awarded a free kick when Olly Lee is penalised for a foul on Fraser Horsfall on the halfway line, and it is from this free kick where Northampton Town created another decent goal-scoring opportunity, Fraser Horsfall quickly kicks the ball out-wide to Joseph Mills down the left side of the pitch in Gillingham’s Final Third, And Joseph Mills whips in a dangerous in-swinging cross and Jack Tucker manages to header the ball clear and away from danger and Sam Hoskins gets the ball under control, takes a few touches in possession of the ball before passing the ball square to Bryn Morris on the edge of Gillingham’s Penalty Area, And Bryn Morris works his way inside Gillingham’s Penalty Area and Bryn Morris’s shot towards goal takes a big deflection off Connor Ogilvie and the ball deflects wide of the left hand post and the ball goes out of play for another Northampton Town Corner Kick, And From The Resulting Corner Kick, Northampton Town came close to scoring an equaliser for 1-1 again, Sam Hoskins whips in a high and hanging cross towards the far post and Peter Kioso wins the aerial challenge up against Vadaine Oliver and Ryan Watson cannot keep the ball in play or get a shot off on goal, and the ball goes out of play for A Gillingham Goal-Kick.
But In The Sixty Seventh Minute, Despite the attacking onslaught from Northampton Town, Gillingham do in-fact double there lead and go 2-0 up, Ryan Edmondson is penalised for his challenge on Connor Ogilvie in Gillingham’s Final Third, And it is from this free kick where Gillingham double there lead, Jack Bonham kicks the ball long down-field and Ryan Watson headers the ball clear back into Gillingham’s Half Of The Pitch, and Ryan Jackson plays a long ball forwards first time and Olly Lee chests the ball under control before taking another touch to set himself, and Olly Lee takes the shot on goal early across the face of goal and Olly Lee’s low effort towards goal manages to pick out the bottom left corner of the net and there is absolutely nothing that Jonathan Mitchell can do about that, And Gillingham have gone 2-0 up and doubled there lead - GILLINGHAM 2-0 NORTHAMPTON TOWN.
I think Olly Lee taking the shot on early caught Jonathan Mitchell out, Because Kyle Dempsey and Vadaine Oliver both were giving Olly Lee passing options, But Olly Lee has managed to pick out the bottom left corner of the net, and that all important second goal has given Gillingham some much needed breathing space, and now Northampton Town have to score three goals to give themselves the best possible chance of avoiding relegation into League Two.
Seventy Minutes Into The Match, And Dominic Samuel is penalised and booked for his challenge on Peter Kioso to prevent Northampton from hitting Gillingham on the counter attack, and from the resulting free kick, Northampton Town had the chance to half the deficit, Jonathan Mitchell kicks the ball long down-field and the ball bounces inside Gillingham’s Penalty Area and the ball runs kindly through to Sam Hoskins, who pulls the ball back across the face of goal with a dangerous low cross and Connor Ogilvie crucially kicks the ball clear and away from goal and Olly Lee headers the ball back towards Connor Ogilvie, who boots the ball long down-field and Fraser Horsfall wins the aerial challenge up against Vadaine Oliver and Stuart O’Keefe passes the ball out-wide to Alex MacDonald, And Alex MacDonald passes the ball down the line towards Dominic Samuel, And Fraser Horsfall times his challenge to perfection on Dominic Samuel and clears the ball down-field and Stuart O’Keefe is penalised for his challenge on Danny Rose, And Northampton Town have been awarded a free kick.
And From The Resulting Free Kick, Northampton Town should have halved the deficit for 2-1, Bryn Morris whips in a high and hanging cross towards the back-stick and Ryan Jackson headers the ball partially clear and away from danger, however, Joseph Mills is first to the loose ball and Joseph Mills passes the ball back towards Sam Hoskins, And Sam Hoskins takes a touch to control the ball before switching the ball to Mark Marshall on the opposite side of the pitch, And Mark Marshall takes a touch to control the ball before running forwards, cutting inside right on the edge of Gillingham’s Penalty Area, And Mark Marshall’s curling shot towards the top left corner of the net was headed off the line by Robbie Cundy with a spectacular goal-line clearance to preserve Gillingham’s 2-0 lead and the ball goes out of play for A Northampton Town Corner Kick, FANTASTIC DEFENDING FROM ROBBIE CUNDY!!!! - And I know quite a few Gillingham Supporters will be hoping that Robbie Cundy re-sign’s for Gillingham on loan for The 2021 / 2022 Season.
And from the resulting corner kick, Joseph Mills dangerous in-swinging cross manages to go all the way through to Mark Marshall at the far post, And Mark Marshall takes a touch to control the ball before being tackled by Stuart O’Keefe, who timed his brilliant challenge to perfection, But Peter Kioso times his challenge to perfection on Stuart O’Keefe and Mark Marshall has possession of the ball for Northampton Town, and Mark Marshall runs forwards in possession of the ball, And Mark Marshall’s dangerous in-swinging cross takes a big deflection off Olly Lee and the ball loops up into the air towards the far post, And Connor Ogilvie takes no chances and headers the ball out of play for another Northampton Town Corner Kick, And From The Resulting Corner Kick, Danny Rose quickly takes a short corner to Sam Hoskins, And Sam Hoskins takes a touch to control the ball before playing a short pass back towards Bryn Morris on the edge of Gillingham’s Penalty Area, And Bryn Morris takes a touch to control the ball before whipping in a  dangerous in-swinging cross and Ryan Edmondson’s looping header loops over Gillingham’s Crossbar and the ball has gone out of play for A Gillingham Goal-Kick - But Northampton Town have created yet another goal-scoring opportunity with the visitor’s over-committing players forwards to try and turn this 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win.
But from the resulting goal-kick, Gillingham should have scored for 3-0 and put this match well and truly beyond doubt, Jack Bonham kicks the ball long down-field and Kyle Dempsey wins the aerial challenge to flick the ball on and Mark Marshall is first to react to the loose ball and pass the ball back towards Fraser Horsfall, And Fraser Horsfall passes the ball back towards Jonathan Mitchell, And Jonathan Mitchell takes a touch to control the ball and Jonathan Mitchell kicks the ball long down-field, and although Ryan Edmondson manages to momentarily retain possession of the ball, Dominic Samuel tackles The Northampton Town Striker and the ball deflects kindly into Connor Ogilvie’s path, And Connor Ogilvie kicks the ball long down the line and Fraser Horsfall was being closed down by Dominic Samuel, And Fraser Horsfall’s back-pass back towards Jonathan Mitchell was intercepted by Vadaine Oliver, And Vadaine Oliver is one on one with Jonathan Mitchell, And Vadaine Oliver’s shot towards goal is saved and gathered at the second attempted by Jonathan Mitchell - AND THAT WAS THE CHANCE FOR GILLINGHAM TO GO 3-0 UP!!!!!! - Could Vadaine Oliver pass the ball back to Olly Lee, who might have been in a better goal-scoring position, or maybe square the ball to Kyle Dempsey ??? - Yes, But at the same-time, Vadaine Oliver is Gillingham’s Top Goal-Scorer, So you can understand Vadaine Oliver backing himself to score and put the result well and truly beyond doubt, Because 3-0 would have made absolutely certain that Gillingham will pick up all three points against Northampton Town At Priestfield Stadium.
Once the ball has gone out of play, Northampton Town make there fourth substitute of the match, With Caleb Chukwuemeka coming on to replace Ryan Watson, And Gillingham have yet to make a change, I had a few substitution recommendations, Robbie McKenzie could come on to replace Stuart O’Keefe, because Stuart O’Keefe might be walking on thin ice with that yellow card, Jordan Graham and Tyreke Johnson could both come on, which will enable Gillingham to try and catch Northampton Town on the break with the visitor’s over-committing players forwards to try and get the three goals they need to pick up the three points that Northampton Town clearly need to avoid relegation, But we’re looking at the bench thinking Gillingham can do with making a few changes to freshen the team up.
Seventy Seven Minutes Into The Match, And Northampton Town had the chance to half the deficit just after Vadaine Oliver missed that chance for 3-0, Fraser Horsfall passes the ball forwards towards Caleb Chukwuemeka, who takes a touch to control the ball, And Caleb Chukwuemeka continue’s his run forwards for Northampton Town and Robbie Cundy just smashes the ball forwards to momentarily clear the ball away from goal, But Fraser Horsfall gets the ball under control and passes the ball down the line towards Peter Kioso, And Peter Kioso plays a square pass centrally towards Mark Marshall, And Mark Marshall takes a few touches in possession of the ball before switching the ball to the left side of the pitch towards Joseph Mills, And Joseph Mills manages to get the ball under control before whipping in a low dangerous in-swinging cross across the face of goal and the ball goes out of play for A Gillingham Goal-Kick - Caleb Chukwuemeka almost manages to get on the end of that cross from Joseph Mills and Gillingham will be relieved to have preserved there two goal lead.
However, that two goal lead didn’t last for much longer, Because Northampton Town do manage to half the deficit in The Seventy Eighth Minute, Jack Bonham kicks the ball long down-field and Vadaine Oliver flicks the ball on and Fraser Horsfall headers the ball away from goal and Stuart O’Keefe’s header forwards goes straight towards Sam Hoskins, who takes a touch to control the ball before passing the ball out-wide towards Caleb Chukwuemeka, And Caleb Chukwuemeka turn and runs forwards in possession of the ball and Caleb Chukwuemeka plays a short pass out-wide to Ryan Edmondson, And Ryan Edmondson takes a few touches in possession of the ball before passing a short squared pass to Mark Marshall, And Mark Marshall plays the ball back out-wide to Ryan Edmondson, And Ryan Edmondson plays the ball back to Joseph Mills, And Joseph Mills plays a short pass square to Bryn Morris, who takes a touch to control the ball and Bryn Morris plays the ball out-wide to Peter Kioso, And Peter Kioso plays a short pass centrally to Mark Marshall, And Mark Marshall takes a few touches in possession of the ball before playing the ball out-wide to Danny Rose, And Danny Rose takes a touch to control the ball before playing a short pass back towards Bryn Morris, And Bryn Morris retains possession of the ball before whipping in a dangerous in-swinging cross, And Caleb Chukwuemeka manages to control the ball inside Gillingham’s Penalty Area and lay the ball off to Ryan Edmondson, And Ryan Edmondson’s first time snap-shot effort towards goal hits the back of the net and Northampton Town are now back in this match - GILLINGHAM 2-1 NORTHAMPTON TOWN.
Ryan Edmondson’s shot towards goal goes into the far right corner of the net, and you have got to say that goal has been coming based on the goal-scoring opportunities that Northampton Town have created in the second half, We’re now looking at that Vadaine Oliver one on one effort as the potential game changer, because 3-0 would have been game over, But 2-1, And Northampton Town are right back in this match now, and we’re looking at the bench seeing who can come on to help Gillingham either sit back and defend this 2-1 lead, or, who can come on for Gillingham to try and reestablish our two goal lead again, surely Jordan Graham or Tyreke Johnson can come on to provide Gillingham with an alternative option in attack ???
In The Eighty First Minute Of The Match, Mark Marshall’s cross is blocked by Connor Ogilvie at the expense of conceding a corner kick, and unfortunately from A Gillingham Point Of View, Northampton Town were able to equalise from the resulting corner, Joseph Mills whips in a dangerous in-swinging cross and Fraser Horsfall headers the ball into the back of the net from close range to score Northampton Town’s Equaliser, It’s poor marking from Gillingham from the corner kick, And If Jack Bonham has to come rushing off his goal-line, then he has to save or parry the ball, or, stay on his goal-line, But I think the poor marking is the major culprit for Northampton Town’s Equaliser - GILLINGHAM 2-2 NORTHAMPTON TOWN.
And straight from the kick off, Gillingham could have re-taken the lead and go 3-2 up, Dominic Samuel passes the ball back towards Robbie Cundy, And Robbie Cundy takes a touch to control the ball before kicking the ball long down-field, and Vadaine Oliver wins the aerial challenge to flick the ball on towards Alex MacDonald, And Alex MacDonald manages to get the ball under control before seeing his dipping shot towards goal tipped over the crossbar by Jonathan Mitchell, And that truly is a magnificent save from The Northampton Town Goalkeeper to protect the 2-2 score-line, And From The Resulting Corner Kick, Olly Lee whips in a dangerous in-swinging cross, Jonathan Mitchell manages to punch the ball half clear and away from goal, and Sam Hoskins manages to complete the clearance and boot the ball clear and away from goal.
But In The Eighty Fifth Minute Of The Match, Northampton Town really should have taken the lead, Sam Hoskins has possession of the ball in Northampton Town’s Half Of The Pitch, And Sam Hoskins passes the ball out-wide to Peter Kioso, who takes a few touches in possession of the ball, And Peter Kioso plays a short pass forwards towards Mark Marshall, And Mark Marshall plays the ball back towards Bryn Morris, And Bryn Morris manages to pass the ball back out-wide to Mark Marshall, And Mark Marshall runs inside into a more central area of the pitch and Mark Marshall continue’s his run forwards, and Mark Marshall’s shot towards goal is blocked by Kyle Dempsey and Ryan Jackson takes no chances and kicks the ball clear long down the line into Northampton Town’s Half Of The Pitch, And Lloyd Jones headers the ball out-wide to Joseph Mills, And Joseph Mills passes the ball inside centrally to Caleb Chukwuemeka, And Caleb Chukwuemeka takes a touch to control the ball before passing the ball forwards to Danny Rose on the edge of Gillingham’s Penalty Area, And Danny Rose lays the ball off to Caleb Chukwuemeka, And Caleb Chukwuemeka manages to lay the ball off to Danny Rose, And Danny Rose’s low shot towards goal is brilliantly saved by Jack Bonham, As Jack Bonham manages to make an out-standing one handed save to deflect the ball out of play for A Northampton Town Corner Kick, Not only was it a magnificent save from Jack Bonham, but with how crowded it was in and around Gillingham’s Penalty Area, Jack Bonham must have saw that shot on goal from Danny Rose very late - FANTASTIC SAVE FROM JACK BONHAM!!!!!!!
And from the resulting corner kick, Joseph Mills cross is saved by Jack Bonham, And Jack Bonham kicks the ball long down-field and Bryn Morris gets the ball under control and Bryn Morris runs down the left flank and is challenged by Vadaine Oliver and Kyle Dempsey manages to get to the loose ball and pass the ball square to Alex MacDonald, And Alex MacDonald plays a short pass forwards towards Kyle Dempsey, who runs forwards in possession of the ball towards the edge of Northampton Town’s Penalty Area, And Kyle Dempsey lays the ball off to Dominic Samuel, And Dominic Samuel takes one touch to control the ball, another touch to set himself, And Dominic Samuel’s curling shot towards goal crashes against the inside of the far right post and somehow manages to stay out and Lloyd Jones gets the ball partially clear and away from goal and Stuart O’Keefe is first on to the loose ball, And Stuart O’Keefe plays a short pass square to Ryan Jackson, And Ryan Jackson plays a first time pass forwards towards Olly Lee, who turns and runs wide in possession of the ball, And Olly Lee manages to turn and whip in a dangerous in-swinging cross and Jonathan Mitchell was able to gather the ball with ease - BUT THAT WAS THE CHANCE FROM DOMINIC SAMUEL TO SEE GILLINGHAM RE-TAKE THE LEAD!!!!!!!!
Gillingham then make a double substitution in The Eighty Eighth Minute, Jordan Graham comes on to replace Olly Lee, And Youngster Gerald Sithole comes on for Dominic Samuel to make his debut for Gillingham, And Gerald Sithole making his debut is fantastic news, However, Steve Evans has not used his substitutes to full effect, Because we were questioning the decision to sit on The 2-1 lead against Oxford United and why didn’t Dominic Samuel and John Akinde come on when the score-line was 2-2 at The Kassam Stadium, and again, we’re wondering why hasn’t Steve Evans used the substitutes bench to full effect,Because eighty eight minutes before Gillingham make a sub is very concerning, especially after the hard work Gillingham put in to win 1-0 against Peterborough United in mid-week.
And Robbie McKenzie has to come and replace Ryan Jackson, who had to be redrawn from the match because of injury, again, not using the substitutes bench to full effect is going to cost us, Because the players who are playing are playing constantly and there is no rest-bite, and the players who are not playing are not building up there match fitness and match sharpness levels, because it will take those players who are not playing a few games to get themselves up to speed of competitive first team football.
Northampton Town had the chance to turn this match from 2-0 down to 3-2 up with a corner kick in The Ninety First Minute Of The Match, Joseph Mills whips in a dangerous in-swinging cross towards the far post and Fraser Horsfall’s glancing header goes just wide of the far right post - AND THAT WAS THE CHANCE FOR NORTHAMPTON TOWN TO TAKE THE LEAD!!!! - I was frustrated and furious at this point because I could only see Northampton Town winning and picking up all three points, And Gillingham could be losing 3-2 in successive Saturday’s having gone 2-0 up against Oxford United and 2-0 up against Northampton Town.
And the final noteworthy moment of the match see’s Robbie Cundy block Fraser Horsfall’s header towards goal from Mark Marshall’s cross and Robbie Cundy has deflected Fraser Horsfall’s header out of play for A Northampton Town Corner Kick, And From The Resulting Corner Kick, Sam Hoskins whips in a dangerous in-swinging cross and Jack Bonham punches the ball partially clear and Jordan Graham headers the ball out-wide, And Mark Marshall is on to the loose ball and Mark Marshall runs forwards towards the byline and whips in a dangerous in-swinging cross and Robbie McKenzie headers the ball clear and Jordan Graham completes the clearance, and after five additional minutes of added time, the full time whistle has been blown from Referee Carl Brook, And The Full Time Score At Priestfield Stadium Is Gillingham 2-2 Northampton Town.
FULL TIME: GILLINGHAM 2-2 NORTHAMPTON TOWN
I posted the following status update on Social Media,,,,,,, FULL TIME: GILLINGHAM 2-2 NORTHAMPTON TOWN - Last Saturday, Gillingham were 2-0 up and lost 3-2 against Oxford United, Today, Gillingham were 2-0 up against Northampton Town and drew 2-2, those five dropped points have killed off Gills faint chances of a playoff spot this season. The first chance of the second half see's Olly Lee whip in a dangerous in-swinging cross and Robbie Cundy headers wide for The Gills, Dominic Samuel headers wide from Ryan Jackson's cross as Gillingham were looking for that all important vital second goal to give Gills some breathing space. Bonham makes a fantastic save to prevent Northampton from equalising before almost dropping the cross from the resulting cross into A Northampton Players path and Bonham gathers the ball at the second attempt, Morris's shot is deflected out of play for a corner for Northampton. And when Olly Lee doubles Gillingham's lead to 2-0, And with Northampton not capitalising on the chances they have created in the second half, I think everyone thought that Gills would kick on from here and make it back to back league wins and keep our faint playoff hopes alive. Northampton threw caution to the wind, Marshall, Rose and Edmondson came on and Cundy was in the right place at the right time to header Marshall's curling shot off the line to preserve Gills two goal lead. Oliver had the chance to score for 3-0, but his shot on goal was saved. Two goals in four minutes from Edmondson and Horsfall cancelled out Gillingham's two goal lead, But MacDonald's shot towards goal was tipped over by Mitchell, Samuel's curling effort towards goal hit the post, And Dempsey had the chance to shoot but opted to pass the ball. A draw doesn't help Northampton Town in there challenge to avoid relegation into League Two, And a draw doesn't help Gillingham to try and keep our faint playoff hopes alive, This is two points dropped for Gillingham and one point gained for Northampton Town.
Gillingham not making the playoffs shouldn't tarnish what has been a remarkable run of form for Gills in the second half of the season, Back to back wins in our final two games would equal Justin Edinburgh's points tally from 20 15 / 2016 Season, But there has been an over-reliance on the same fourteen / fifteen players to put in some exceptional effort and performances to try and see if Gillingham can achieve the unlikely goal of securing ourselves a playoff spot at the end of The 2020 / 2021 Season, And our aim now is to finish this season as high as we possibly can, and then we turn our attention to the off season and the likelihood that Gillingham will have to re-build our first team squad again from scratch, Because Jack Bonham, Stuart O’Keefe, Jordan Graham and Connor Ogilvie are all out of contract in the summer, and loanee’s Tom O’Connor, Robbie Cundy and Olly Lee will return to there parent clubs as well, which means Gillingham having to gel an entire new team ready for The 2021 / 2022 Season and gelling a squad together takes time, and it is that time which saw Gillingham lose five league games in a row without scoring a goal in the first half of this season, and losing five games in a row is why Gillingham are not going to achieve a playoff spot at the end of the season.
I also have got to criticise Steve Evans for his lack of substitutions again, Oxford United bring on Dan Agyei, Sam Winnall, Jamie Hanson and Alejandro Gorrin and Oxford United were losing 2-0 and won 3-2, Northampton Town bring on Mark Marshall, Danny Rose, Ryan Edmondson and Caleb Chukwuemeka, And Northampton Town fight back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2, And Northampton Town could have won 3-2 against Gillingham as well, I think you have got to criticise Steve Evans here for the lack of substitutions earlier on in the game, We have got Robbie McKenzie, Jordan Graham, Gerald Sithole, Tom O’Connor, Tyreke Johnson and Henry Woods, It was clear and obvious for all to see that Gillingham needed fresh legs to come on to cope with the caution to the wind approach that Northampton Town were going for when Mark Marshall, Danny Rose and Ryan Edmondson came on, Because those three caused Gillingham a lot of problems.
It is great to see Gerald Sithole make his debut for Gillingham, And I just wished that Gerald Sithole was making his debut with Gillingham winning 3-0 and the match is beyond all doubt and Gillingham had secured the win, But it was clear for all to see that Gillingham had to make changes, we had to freshen the team up because the players put in a fantastic shift to win 1-0 away against Peterborough United, and we’re hoping that the same players can replicate that performance, and for the most part, we had replicated that performance because Gillingham were winning 2-0 against Northampton Town, But after going 2-0 up, that’s when Gills needed fresh legs to come on and give Gillingham the energy and freshness we needed to see the game out.
But it is clear for all to see as to why those changes were not made, Steve Evans doesn’t trust Henry Woods and Tyreke Johnson, But that still leaves you with Jordan Graham, Tom O’Connor and Robbie McKenzie, three players who have played a pivotal role for Gillingham Football Club This Season, and surely all three players could have come on whilst the score-line was 2-0 just to freshen the team up, and maybe Gillingham could have held out for 2-0 or 2-1 for longer and then Gerald Sithole is coming on to make his debut for Gillingham whilst Gillingham are in a winning position.
And because of our over-reliance on the same thirteen, fourteen and fifteen players, that means that our players who are playing week in and week out are feeling the effects of a congested football league season, Gillingham put in a hard fought backs against the performance against Peterborough United in mid-week, and the players were rewarded with there efforts with a hard fought 1-0 win, But then we go into The Northampton Town Game, Gillingham are winning 2-0, Northampton Town make four subs which help Northampton Town battle back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2, And Gillingham have not used our squad to full effect, we don’t rotate the squad often enough, and with five substitutes allowed in each match, that gives manager’s more flexibility in there choice of substitutions, even if that means your bringing a player on purely just to give your team a fresh pair of legs in defence, midfield or attack in the closing stages of the match.
This still has been an out-standing season for The Gills, But the loss against Oxford United and the draw against Northampton Town with Gillingham losing points from both matches when Gillingham were winning 2-0 has just killed off our slim chances of securing ourselves a playoff spot at the end of the season, Just being in the conversation regarding competing for a playoff spot with six games to go is a phenomenal achievement, But I just think that this season has caught up with our small squad, and the lack of squad depth has shown recently, And Steve Evans reluctance to use the bench has been irritating in the past two Saturday League Matches.
The challenge now for Gillingham is the win both of our remaining league games against Burton Albion And Plymouth Argyle, And If Gillingham were to achieve that goal, then Gillingham would have matched the sixty nine points Gillingham picked up in The 2015 / 2016 Season Under Justin Edinburgh, which is the most amount of points Gillingham have picked up in League One since our relegation from The Championship In 2005, Hopefully, Gillingham can achieve that goal by winning both matches against Burton Albion And Plymouth Argyle, But I do have to admit that I am frustrated with that 2-2 draw against Northampton Town Though, But let’s end The 2020 / 2021 Season on a high - COME ON THE GILLS!!!!!!!!
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A happy ending to a football horror story.
Well thats the Championship season 2020-21 done for us and for most North End fans I might venture to suggest it has not come a moment to soon. The pain of falling away from a place off place the season before was still fresh in the minds of North End fans as a July finish to the previous season saw only a six week break before League action started again. It`s well documented what happened in the first quarter of the season - crap at home with some headline results away from home. However as the late Summer turned into Autumn things really didn`t get a lot better although we did put one or two wins together at home but only at the expense of some poor results away. Brighton knocked us out of the League Cup in round 3 after we had thrashed Mansfield at home in round one and won away at Derby in round two. 
Our form was very inconsistent and Alex Neil was struggling desperately to find a winning formula but it was clear to all that the magic had gone and the team were in decline. The 3-0 defeat at home to Blackburn would undoubtedly have seen the end of Neil if there had been crowds inside Deepdale but there weren`t and he ploughed on. A shocker of a defeat at Wycombe in the third round of the Cup was compounded when Neil came out and said we had just seen why some of the players in his much changed team were not getting many games for the first team. It was shocking man management in my opinion and it was something from which he never recovered. 
The inevitable happened, I suppose when Pearson left for Bournemouth and Ben Davies got a headline move to Anfield although he hasn`t trouble the statisticians much to date. Fisher was sold to Middlesbrough in a strange sort of move as North End brought in Seven replacements on loan eventually giving Cunningham and Evans. The other five looked either inexperienced or short of match practice but some of them were to play a big part later on. February turned into March as the pressure grew and a defeat at Middlesbrough when down to 10 men left a shit or bust home game against Luton Town in the middle of March. It was bust for Alex Neil with a 1-0 defeat and his inevitable departure 24 hours later.
Little did we know at the time but a new unassuming hero was about to emerge from the shadows as Frankie McAvoy (Alex Neil`s assistant) was offered, and accepted, the role of interim head coach for the remaining eight games. When Neil was sacked North End had 44 points from 38 games and the general consensus was that 52 would be more than enough and it left McAvoy with the task of getting 8 points from eight games. It was a tough start with Norwich at home on Good Friday and then a trip to Swansea on Easter Monday. Most had written these games off and were hoping to get something from the Brentford game the following Saturday. 1st, 5th and 3rd in your first three games looked damned tough but when a Brad Potts deflected shot in added time nicked a point at home to Norwich on Good Friday there, finally was hope. Little did we know at the time that we didn't actually need any points from the final eight games as Wycombe finished third bottom with 43, astonishing. The draw against Norwich put some life back into the squad and another added time goal at Swansea courtesy of the Swansea Captain, Grimes, saw North End jubilant. However we came down to Earth with a real bump the following Saturday as Brentford went Nap with North End chasing the game two down. It was a harsh lesson for Frankie but one he took on board and four wins and a draw from the last five games saw North End finish the season with an incredible 61 points. McAvoy had taken seventeen points from his eight games in charge which is promotion form in anybody`s book.
Just two days after the final game at Forest, Frankie was offered the job and duly accepted with Paul Gallagher retiring from playing to take up a full time roll coaching with the first team. Add to this the evergreen Steve Thomson, now working under his third manager at Deepdale, and you have a good blend of youth and experience in the management team and no doubt Gally will be bringing some new ideas to the party. Nobody can predict what lies ahead and North End were sad to see the five loanees go back at the end of the season. Iversen had been outstanding, Van Den Berg and, latterly, Liam Lindsay had been very good. Jayson Molumby and Anthony Gordon had played their part over the season but didn't get much of a look in with McAvoy. I don`t think it was because he didn`t want to play them but I think he had just found a formation (3-4-1-2) and a group of players who fit in well with that particular style. He didn`t change it much when he was winning and fair play to him for that as it makes his record to date look outstanding in the Championship. 
There is no doubt that the club will need to bring players in and I`m not exaggerating when I think it could be as many as ten although probably half of those will be loan players. Whatever happens Funtime Frankie has cheered us up, finally, after 12 months or futile unimaginative football under the previous incumbent. This must also be a massive opportunity for the club to get its act right off the field with a Fan-zone, a much enhanced Match day experience and some imaginative ticket pricing to encourage the fans back to Deepdale. No doubt some would say, and I am one of them, that an U23 or reserve side would do us no harm at all and actually help players reach the first team sooner. We say this every season and it falls on deaf ears but after Covid I honestly think that the club must stop taking for granted its 8000+ season ticket holders as this pandemic may have changed the football landscape for good.
And finally this week:- the Football world mourns the loss of a young 9 year old boy, Jordan Banks, struck by lightning as he watched his friends training at the Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club at South Shore in Blackpool. My thoughts and prayers are with this young mans family and friends and this stark, million to one chance event just brings home how fickle life is. 
Stay safe, God Bless and God willing we will all be back again on the 7th of August as battle recommences for North End and our 61st attempt to get back to the Big Time. 
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JR`s HIGH FIVES - Final Returns on 36 selections                                                 
SEASONS STATS                                
Returns  £237.25    Stake £180.00    percentage profit  + 31.8%                         
Predictions 36   won 21   lost 15
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My thoughts after watching the first episode of Kung Fu:
1. The villain is stunning! I like her better than everyone else, despite only being on screen for three minutes of the whole episode.
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2. Somewhere around season two or three, I would like for the main character (Nicky) to learn that her former teacher (Pei-Lang Zhang) is not as good as she thought and that her nemesis (Zilahn) is not as evil. I want the relationships of the show to be doused in grey paint, for the heroine's entire world to be flipped and shaken as she becomes unsure of what is right and what is wrong anymore. Then I would like a strange, intense alliance to be formed between the "hero" and the "villain". Maybe at first, their partnership would be formed out of an urgency to defeat the season three or season four villain, but then it persists because they genuinely care for one another. Awwww.
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3. I would then expect the fans of the show to ship the heck out of them.
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4. The charming, new love interest (Henry), clearly written in for the heroine should end up with the gay brother (Ryan). It just works and it isn't as cliche.
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5. I want the villain to find value in friendship, family and love from following around the heroine. I'm not sure of they should be together romantically, it's too early to tell. I'll reassess after a few more episodes.
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I may still be having She-Ra withdrawals but I stand by and love the concept of making the heroes and villains of stories develop an enticing relationship that is oddly stronger than any other relationship they have in their lives.
The 'Enemies to Reluctant Friends to I-would-die-for-your-happiness' trope.
You know, like most lesbians ships on the CW.
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Yes, the show is cheesy in parts. If you have ever seen a hero origin story then you can guess how some of the show is going to go, which is why I would love a LGBTQ plot twist.
However, I do acknowledge that given the current political climate that this show already has its struggles. Its portrayal of Chinese culture would and probably does make it an easy target for bigotry. I for one hope the show thrives because I love it so far and I am absolutely on the villain's side and always will be. Fight me.
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ecgnews · a day ago
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Guardiola hails Man City after 'hardest' title triumph
Pep Guardiola celebrates with his Manchester City players
Pep Guardiola saluted "relentless" Manchester City on Tuesday after they clinched the "hardest" of his three Premier League titles.
Guardiola's side were crowned English champions for the third time in four seasons thanks to Manchester United's 2-1 defeat against Leicester.
City have claimed the trophy with three games to spare, capping a remarkable surge to the silverware in the second half of the season.
Guardiola endured the worst start to his managerial career as City won only five of their first 12 league games this term.
They were hit by injuries to club record goalscorer Sergio Aguero and influential midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, as well as a Covid-19 outbreak in the squad in December.
But Guardiola refused to let those problems derail City, leading them to his 10th major honour since taking charge at City in 2016.
Praising his players for sticking together in trying times, Guardiola said: "This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other. This was the hardest one. 
"We will always remember this season for the way we won. I am so proud to be the manager here and of this group of players.
"They are so special. To come through this season, with all the restrictions and difficulties we've faced - and show the consistency we have is remarkable. It is relentless.
"Every single day, they are there, fighting for success, trying always to be better. They have been so, so resilient.
"That is equally true of each and every member of our backroom staff, who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our players are fully equipped to take on the unexpected challenges and new routines throughout such a turbulent year."
City have already won the League Cup, beating Tottenham in the final in April.
They can complete a treble if they defeat Chelsea in their first Champions League final on May 29.
But Guardiola insisted the Premier League is still his most prized possession because of the demands the gruelling competition places on his team each season.
"At the start of every season, the Premier League is the most important title for us. This is the last one where you have to be there every three days, playing all your rivals home and away," Guardiola said.
"Only by being the very best, week in, week out, can you win this competition. It is a huge success.
"It is so important to say a huge 'thank you' to all our fans. In our toughest moments, we couldn't hear the crowd get behind us as usual, but we know they are with us everywhere we go and that has lifted us."
City captain Fernandinho is set to lift the Premier League trophy after their final game of the season against Everton on May 23.
Around 10,000 fans will be able to join the celebrations inside the Etihad Stadium for the Everton game after the latest lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England.
"I promise them (the fans) we sense their love, we appreciate it and we could not have done what we have done without it," Guardiola said.
"I hope we can all celebrate together one day not too far away. It has been such a hard year for so many people."
Since Sheikh Mansour's Abu Dhabi Group bought City in 2008, they have won 13 major trophies.
Guardiola dedicated their latest success to City legend Colin Bell, who helped the club win the title in 1968 and died in January aged 74.
"This one is really for our fans and for Colin Bell and all his family," he said.
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May 11th, 2021
OVER THE RAINBOW TODDLER BLANKET PATTERN RELEASE
and the overcomplicated rainbow pouf pattern...
So it has been a few months in the making but I am officially releasing my Over The Rainbow Toddler Blanket knitting pattern on my website this week.  It was a smash hit with my "yarn hating" four year old and it has been carted all around the house as a prized possession ever since it was finished.  I think the colours are absolutely spectacular and the design itself is simple yet elegant.  It has definitely earned its title of favourite blanket.
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This beautiful rainbow inspired toddler blanket will chase all the clouds away with its bright colours and fun design.
Using a variation on the old shale stitch pattern this blanket is a simple beginner knitter project that looks elegant and sophisticated. Measuring 36" wide x 40" long this blanket is the perfect size for your little bean sprout at every stage of toddlerhood.
This knitting pattern is a digital download in a PDF format.
Its companion piece however (an oversized pouf pillow) has been causing me so much grief!  Who knew knitting a circle could be so complicated or time consuming?  I sure didn't. 
Now you could say I'm a seasoned knitter, I've been doing it for a handful of years now and I'm quite proud of the fact that I have just learned how to knit sweaters and everything that entails... shaping, armholes, etc. But knitting a cover for my pillow has been one of the worst projects I've ever tried to tackle, mostly because I had no set plan on how to design the cover.  I've attempted a few different ways... knitting the top first on straight needles and then switching to circular ones for the body of the piece.  Picking up stitches, increasing stitches, decreasing stitches, slipping stitches, nothing seems to give me the shape or size that I want.  Then I realized that I didn't need all the bells and whistles, simplicity is best.
I've decided to knit the cover in the round so it is one solid piece.  Then I'll create two ties using I-Cord and weave them though the stitches on both sides (top and bottom) so I can cinch the ends closed.  I'm hoping this method works better than the last few I've tried.  Only time and my knitting needles will tell.
Stay tuned... more updates about this project to come.
Check out TLA's official website for digital downloads of all of my patterns including the Over The Rainbow Toddler Blanket.
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Times Lost Art
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asexual-juliet · 2 days ago
Hey! Sorry to bother you again, but I just rewatched Veronica Mars Season 4 and I realized that both Dick’s brother and father killed teenagers with bombs and then died horribly. If VM ends up having a 5th Season l really hope they bring that up. Because not only is his best friend Logan dead now, but his past trauma with his brother was just reiterated with his father. Ugh now I’m gonna think/ be upset about this for days.
god i hate season four. dick was in like three episodes and they managed to give him another lifetime’s worth of trauma... you should do what i do and pretend s4 doesn’t exist!
one of the many many things i hated about season four was how they made dick go back to being his dad’s golden boy. they essentially undid the (very little) character development they had granted him in season 3 for absolutely no reason and i’m going to be angry about it forever!!
i don’t think there’s gonna be a season 5 and i’m honestly glad because there’s really no way of coming back from the shitshow that was season 4 lol. dick deserved better and i think about all the time. 
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yyxgin · 3 days ago
okay i can see the theme better now 🙏 you’re so precious. and oh you have such a nice theme on desktop!! it’s cute and i like the pfp (currently squinting to figure out who it is).
um i have been led to believe gyoza are japanese dumplings. 🥟 <- that’s a gyoza, remarkably similar on ios; looks more like a cornish pasty on android/pc. i’ll be honest i follow from a cookbook and making the skins is so mf long-winded i went to the market and bought wonton skins from the thai place ✋ however making the skins was the thing im most proud of. it’s whatever though bc i get lazy and don’t do them properly (i’ve got a second cookbook and that lady uses a pasta maker to do her noodles and i think the rest of her dough assuming the recipe calls for it but i haven’t followed her recipes yet bc i want to make her bao buns instead).
extracurricular,, was something. i remember my dad sitting through like final ten minutes of the last episode w me purely bc he was sitting down before going to work and i was like ‘yeah that’s his boss but they met under different circumstances a different time and he doesn’t know that’s his boss’ and my dad was like ‘wot 😐’. in all honesty, i binged prison playbook in like four days which was a fucking achievement bc those are 1hr30 each and there was 16. i did not play that weekend.
i think my favourite fantasies are
the bride of habaek (i’m reading the manga bc of this now 🥺)
the school nurse files (there’s only six episodes!)
kingdom (okay it’s not a fantasy more of a horror but it was the first kdrama i had watched in two years and it made me wanna watch them again so...)
i haven’t seen hotel de luna but ive heard many good things!! a friend of mine watched it purely bc iu was in it. i say that’s the correct reason to watch any drama. (i watched start-up purely bc i saw nam joohyuk in the line up and then squealed when i saw bae suji too bc she’s my favourite singer-turned-actress... and then got second male lead syndrome to kim seonho 🤡)
if you let me talk about dramas forever i would but i must stop 🤧 are you looking after yourself today? ~🌻
thank god !! dhsj also thank you !! i have jeongin as my icon on my desktop theme hihi
woah you're really working hard on those dumplings 😳😳 it sounds like so much work but i bet it's worth it when it tastes so good !! i hope the second lady from your cookbook has some tasty recipes, tell me if you find something remotely easy and not easily burnable djsj
i was also so confused at the end of extracurricular and i was like "i nEED a second season" but you know what ?? after a while, i kind of like the open ending. also 1 HOUR 30 MIN EACH OF THAT DRAMA ?? nah. could never be me. i was watching sky castle (also bc of kim donghee 😔😔💔💔💔💔) and that one had 50min episodes i think ?? and that was HARD AF FOR ME I EVEN KEPT FALLING ASLEEP OR ZONING OUT SOMETIMES but i made it through thankfully
I'VE NEVER HEARD OF THOSE FANTASIES I WILL MAKE SURE TO CHECK THEM OUT THANKS FOR THE RECS
my best friend was watching hotel de luna bc of iu as well but she said it was boring ?? idk, i didnt see it so i cant really tell, but yeah. that made me kind of not want to watch it lmao
((also you're always welcome to ramble about dramas to me i am really inexperienced but i will always listen)
am i looking after myself ?? weeeelll i am eating berries and i have also been listening to dreams cb on repeat today so i would say so<3 i kind of have a job interview tomorrow tho so im stressing but other than that, i'm fine. what about you ?? you better be looking after yourself or i'll come and do it for you😡
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The Simpsons Season 32 Episode 20 Review: Mother and Child Reunion
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This The Simpsons review contains spoilers.
The Simpsons Season 32 Episode 20
While the Minor Arcana didn’t foretell a major disaster, The Simpsons Season 32 episode 20, ” Mother and Child Reunion,” is a letdown they should have seen coming. The audience sure did. We’ve seen all these scenarios before, and done better.
Very much like most Mothers’ Day gifts, the box doesn’t live up to the wrapping, which have been set high for this season. We all know Lisa is going to be president someday. The Simpsons were right about Trump, and they’ve put Lisa in the White House several times. It is inevitable, and inalienable, which in this case means neither Kodos nor Kang can do anything about it. But it is just as much preordained as Lisa going to college. This is Marge’s dream, Homer’s economic nightmare, an abstract concept best left ignored to Bart, and an emoji to Maggie.
The Amazing Herzog’s magic shop is exciting. They’ve got all the love potions, not just Number 9, and probably the most comprehensive titles of Theremin music in Springfield. Penn gives the shop four stars, while Teller gives enthusiastically silent assent, in endorsements. The spirits are always present, and the future is past the unused Keurig coffee machine. The shop owner is New German Cinema director Werner Herzog. He made Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) but hey, even dwarfs started small. He is headlining at the open mic at Springfield’s hippest comedy club after he finishes practicing his cartomancy on Lisa.
The tarot deck, and its interpretations are amusing. Homer draws The Hungover Man, Bart goes from Sly Fox to Teacher’s Pet. But Herzog is also Amazing at other forms of prestidigitation. His son hasn’t forgiven him since he made his mother disappear, and he conjures Homer and Bart’s names from the dark scrawl on the Styrofoam of their Starbucks coffee cups. He invokes the spirit of Rodney Dangerfield before the precognitive process, but gets no respect. When Homer asks about the future of The Ghostbusters franchise, the best Herzog can say is “The Gay Ghostbusters is fantastic.”
The schism between Marge and Lisa is predicted through the cards Queen of Clean and Roller Eyes, and the Wind card blows a bad air on college admissions. Herzog sees a dystopian future for college. Lisa confirms by noting the university experience hasn’t been the same since Netflix bought Yale. It also appears Bob Jones College and Harvard are both rated on par with Google University. Homer concludes the diagnosis by commenting that “Lisa’s not-going-to-college is the most money I ever earned.”
Grandpa has gained a lot of mileage in the future and can really ladle out the guilt and the pressure. Lisa is the only remaining hope of the Simpson family. Even as she denies it, we see she’s won the local Lifetime Achievement Award, a once in a lifetime achievement, two times in a row. And she was only 13 and 14 at the time. This is a giggle and a half when you think about it.
It is also clever how Lisa gets the money for her independent after-school program, Knowledge Minus College, through premeditated workers comp. That scene also provides a fun visual of the incident. The trajectory skewers through Lisa, the teacher, educating her students on what stereotypes they are, and how they find her lameness riveting. The payoff comes when Chief Wiggum has to be taught math so he can shake Lisa down more efficiently, though I may be reading too much into it.
We still don’t know what state Springfield is in. When the announcement comes over that Lisa wins the Governor’s race, the state is mumbled into incoherence. Still, President Lisa is surprisingly transparent. “I don’t have a life,” she promises. “You’re all I’ve got. I will serve you.” The presidential mom translator works on a Simpsons level. It employs the show’s inner logic. The translator may be too good at her job, though because it turns too mushy too quickly, though the subliminal suggestion she throws in at the end works to cut it a little. They also slip in a cunning presidential concession gag. George Stephanopoulos and Nate Silver put in cameos as themselves.
Poor Millhouse springs a surprise prom-posal on Lisa. It gets more pathetic when the actual proposal is delivered by Millhouse’s dad who croons it in his most cough-syrup-raspy Frank Sinatra imitation, liberally borrowed from a name-checked Seth MacFarlane. Millhouse almost gets a pity yes, but Bart proves to be quite the hero in this episode. He peels out over Millhouse’s poignant inadequacy, and chills President Lisa Simpson out when she’s on the edge with popularity. Bart’s future is also very similar to some of his previous White House visits in future-set episodes. On one visit, he asked Lisa to “legalize it.” Now he’s the CEO of a cannabis dispensary chain, and owner of three NBA teams. It’s almost the same joke, but he was funnier when he wasn’t successful.
The funniest bits are the backgrounds. As the family drives through future Springfield, we see billboards like “Blockbuster, we’re back,” Moe’s Oxygen has replaced his tavern, and robots of all kinds are busy doing work just behind the action. A quiz on the teen magazine Lisa is reading asks the age-old question: “Is your mother a dictator or a fascist?” One of the protest signs outside Lisa’s inaugural address reads “Pardon Sideshow Bob.” A dazzling, and impromptu, Front Lawn presidential fireworks display opens with congratulations from Russia, includes a Duff’s beer end and ends with “The U.S. government brought to you by Disney” rockets bursting in air.
Even the most Hallmark of holiday episodes have been well served the past two seasons on The Simpsons. The Mother’s Day installment should have been a great moment for Marge. She is, after all, America’s most representative mother. Her idea of Lisa’s future is proven, admittedly in the alternative world of a tarot reading, to be worthless. Julie Kavner performs a classic tirade tonight. When all Marge can do is “go downstairs and yell into the dryer,” you can cut the passive aggression with a butter knife.
Marge’s most revealing line is “How dare you live the life I wish I’d led.” It is part of an overall recalibration of her entire life, which includes all the dreams she threw away, the lunches she made, the baths, the visits to colleges Lisa will never go to. But the overall conflict between mother and daughter moves too far into lame leg-dragging, and hobbles the thrust of the jokes. They don’t bite. It stays a little too sweet even though the entire arc is set on an argument. There is no peril and only fake tension. Maybe this is because the presumptive premise is on a Tarot card reading, but that should only embolden the rift. This is non-canon, and the creative team does better when they go bigger in speculative comedy.
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“Mother and Child Reunion” is a retreaded tire which should have been left to cook longer at Springfield’s burning tire yard. This is a shame because The Simpsons have been doing well breathing new life into old premises this season. There are good lines, and great visual passing-tone gags, but overall, it comes up short. It is too straightforwardly structured, comically, with little subversion. Maybe they shouldn’t let Marge feel this far of the loop. It breaks the balance and feels uneven. I might even skip the Amazing Herzog at that comedy club.
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Milan knock Juve out of top four with thumping win
AC Milan's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic went off with a knee injury in Turin.
AC Milan pushed Juventus out of the Serie A top four with a 3-0 win in Turin on Sunday which increases their hopes of Champions League football for the first time since 2014.
Brahim Diaz put Milan ahead just before the break with Anton Rebic and Fikayo Tomori adding two more in the second half after Franck Kessie had missed a penalty.
Milan move up to third, equal on 72 points with second-placed Atalanta, with Napoli a further two points behind in fourth and the final Champions League berth.
Juventus are now fifth, one point behind the top four with three games left to play, including next weekend's clash with newly-crowned champions Inter Milan.
"We had a great game, a victory over a direct rival at this moment in the championship is very important," said Milan coach Stefano Pioli whose side lost 3-1 to Juve in the San Siro in January.
"We still have to fight. But I have a very young team, that is maturing as this evening proved." 
The breakthrough came just before half time with Diaz scoring on the rebound after Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny cleared a Hakan Calhanoglu free-kick.
Milan should have gone two up just before the hour when Giorgio Chiellini was judged to have handled the ball, but Szczensy denied Kessie's weak penalty.
Milan's star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off with a left knee injury after 65 minutes with Diaz also replaced five minutes later.
"He wasn't at his best, but he didn't want to miss the match," said Pioli of the 39-year-old Swede. 
"He has a sore knee, but I don't think it's something serious."
Rebic doubled Milan's lead with a fantastic strike with 12 minutes to go and Tomori put the cherry on the cake when he headed home the third minutes later.
Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo was at a loss to explain what went wrong with star striker Cristiano Ronaldo failing to add to his Serie A-leading 27 league goals.
"We got into the game pretty well and then little by little we fell apart ... It's hard to explain," said Pirlo. 
"When you lose 3-0 in such an important game, it means that there are a lot of things that did not work."
Pirlo ruled out resigning, insisting: "No I won't step aside. I undertook this work with a lot of enthusiasm, with difficulties, but my work continues. 
"I think I can do better. There are three games left and I will continue to do my job as long as I can."
Earlier Atalanta brushed aside relegated Parma 5-2 to move back into second.
Gian Piero Gasperini's side are closing in on a third consecutive season of Champions League football.
"There's still two weeks to go and a lot can happen," said Gasperini.
Atalanta have the top attack in Serie A ahead of newly-crowned champions Inter Milan which they added to in Parma with Ruslan Malinovskyi grabbing the first after 12 minutes.
Luis Muriel and Matteo Pessina came on after the break and the Colombian set up the Italian for the second six minutes later.
Muriel then struck twice within 10 minutes in the final quarter of an hour to bring his tally to 21 goals this campaign.
Aleksei Miranchuk grabbed a fifth in injury time after Juan Brunetta and Simon Sohm had pulled two goals back late for Parma.
Sassuolo kept their Europa League hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Genoa.
Roberto De Zerbi's side are eighth, two points behind Roma, who crushed relegated Crotone 5-0 to end their four-match winless league run, days after their Europa League exit to Manchester United.
Borja Mayoral and Lorenzo Pellegrini both scored twice with Henrikh Mkhitaryan getting his first goal in over three months.
Cagliari won the battle with relegation rivals Benevento 3-1, to move four points clear of the drop zone, equal on points with Torino who held Hellas Verona 1-1.
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